Minister Mat Sabu at Jalan Padang Tembak

SHAH ALAM: Kota Raja MP Mohamad Sabu better known as Mat Sabu came to the Defence Ministry at Jalan Padang Tembak, Kuala Lumpur for his first official day as the Defence Minister. He was given a traditional welcome for a new minister, an honour guard from the 1st Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment.

He however committed a blunder when inspecting the honour guard as he failed to stop and salute the battalion colours. I did not want to make anything about it but since he himself had seen fit to publicly acknowledged the mistake and duly apologised I guess that it is fair game .

Mat Sabu inspecting the honour guard.

Anyhow, at a short press conference after clocking for the first time, Mat Sabu was quoted as saying that the Defence Ministry will conduct its own internal investigations and audits over allegations on defence spending by the previous administration.

Mohamad said he has to obtain more information first from all branches of the armed forces before making a decision on the issues, including that of Malaysia’s purchase of Scorpene submarines.

“We will investigate. If it is hearsay, it can affect the image of a person or department.

“If we cannot resolve these issues via thorough internal investigations or external audits, we will bring it to Cabinet,” he told a press conference at the Defence Ministry.

On the establishment of the King Salman Centre for International Peace in Malaysia, Mohamad said the matter will be discussed with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad before any decision is made.

Mat Sabu signing a document with Armed Forces chief Gen Raja Affandi Raja Mohamed and the ministry Secretary General DS Abdul Rahim Radzi looking on.

— Malaysian Defence

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