All Is Well

SHAH ALAM: All is well. It was widely reported last week that the RMN together with RMAF had stopped a botload of Rohingyas from entering the country from the Andaman sea. One of the ships involved, KD Kasturi, handed over food and water to the boat before ensuring that the boat, likely manned by crews from one of the many human smuggling syndicates, likely operating out of Bangladesh or Myanmar, sailed back towards the Andaman, instead of beaching the boat into Langkawi.

As this was playing out in the local media, in the South China Sea, our own subforce quietly returned into service KD Tun Razak.

A screenshot of the video.

The return into service of Tun Razak, likely sailing separately with its sister submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, came as news reports about a China survey vessel escorted with a number of China Coast Guard vessels had sailed into the Malaysian Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ). A number of PLAN vessels are also reportedly in the vicinity of the area including a type 52B destroyer, Wuhan, according to the New York Times.

The Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), left, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transit the South China Sea. US Navy

American warships have sailed into disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to military analysts, heightening a standoff in the waterway and sharpening the rivalry between the United States and China, even as much of the world is in lockdown because of the coronavirus.

The America, an amphibious assault ship, and the Bunker Hill, a guided missile cruiser, entered contested waters off Malaysia. At the same time, a Chinese government ship in the area has for days been tailing a Malaysian state oil company ship carrying out exploratory drilling. Chinese and Australian warships have also powered into nearby waters, according to the defense experts.

he Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), front, and the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) transit the South China Sea.

It must be noted that the Muhyiddin government has not make any public announcements on the stand-off since it started early last week. Note that this was the same stance taken by both previous governments in regard to the South China Sea issues though early this year the previous administration did filed its intention in regards to the EEZ. I am guessing that China has not taken kindly to that stand.

KM Pekan

–Malaysian Defence

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