March 12, 2018
By Abdul Rahmat Omar in KOTA BELUD
SOME 400 personnel were involved in a ‘Force Demonstration’ conducted by the three services of the Malaysian Armed Forces at Kem Paradise near here yesterday.
The demonstration of firepower also saw the involvement of two Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighters, two Sukhoi Su-30MKM multirole combat aircraft, four Bae Hawk light multirole fighters and helicopters from all three services.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, in his speech, gave an assurance to the people of Sabah that the Barisan Nasional government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will continue to preserve the peace and security that they are enjoying.
“The government will not compromise the security of Sabah. Today’s programme that involves all three branches of the Malaysian Armed Forces proves that we are sincere and serious about it,” he said.
Hishammuddin also urged the people of Sabah to not fall for the irresponsible sentiments of hatred that are being played by the Opposition.
“Their appearance is seasonal in nature and is filled with their agenda. They do not offer solutions like we do, especially in the security aspect of the people of Sabah,” he added.
The force demonstration was also attended by Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak; Secretary-General of the Ministry of Defence, Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Abd Rahim; Chief of Defence Forces, General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor; Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, General Tan Sri Affendi Buang and Chief of Army, General Tan Sri Zulkiple Kassim.
Meanwhile, Hishammuddin said that the Malaysian Armed Forces shall continue to cooperate and conduct trilateral cooperation with Indonesia and Philippines to face the threat of terrorism.
“For now, we have joint air and sea patrols with our neighbours while joint land patrols will be conducted soon,” he said.
The demonstration today also saw a field hospital being set up where the people of Kota Belud were given free medical and dental treatment.