INVITATION FOR COMMENTARIES
The Ministry of Defence Malaysia is in the midst of preparing Malaysia’s first ever Defence White Paper (KPP). The document’s main purpose is to inform the public and regional partners of the Ministry’s priorities and future plans to enhance defence capabilities to safeguard the Malaysia’s security.
The KPP is a manifestation of statement by the Government of its intent, capabilities and vision for its National Defence Policy. The KPP sets out the Government’s expectations for its defence over the coming decades. Many countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, France and Germany have published their KPPs periodically.
The Ministry views defence and security are all encompassing. It calls from a wholesome effort which includes involvement from the society at large. As a statement of both intent and capability, the KPP takes into account the presence and position of the defence sector within the whole-of-government hierarchy. It is also based upon the present National Security Strategic Guidelines. This ensures that the KPP continues to be in harmony with the agenda and aspirations of the Government.
At present, Malaysia enjoys a strong international profile. This strategic position was achieved through an active participation in the United Nations since 1960s as well as its central role in the creation of ASEAN. Within the defence sphere, Malaysia has been playing a leading role in advocating and materialising several key regional security initiatives such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), the Malacca Straits Patrol (MSP) and the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement (TCA).
Hence, the Government’s aspiration in regards to the vision and way forward of achieving a national strategy for security and defence needs to be explored. The possibility of positioning and projecting Malaysia as a middle power is worth discussing. The KPP is envisioned to be able to enhance the nation’s geopolitical profile within today’s global security and defence landscape.
The KPP will eventually become a public document which will inform the society about the country’s defence planning and funding. A visible concept of defence planning will promote good governance whilst embracing transparency and accountability in the government procurement process for the Malaysian Armed Forces. Moreover, a visible KPP concept of development will ultimately form an integrated commitment for the society to equally assume responsibility to defend the nation in line with the “Total Defence” concept (HANRUH).
In shaping the contents of the KPP, we would be very honoured if all Malaysians could share your ideas and comments on the themes/topics listed below in the form of a commentary. Your commentaries will certainly increase the credibility and legitimacy of the 1st Malaysia’s KPP.
VICE ADMIRAL DATO’ GANESH NAVARATNAM
Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (MiDAS)