KUALA LUMPUR: At first reading of the story below, Malaysian Defence was simply aghast by the idea of spending RM100 million for another staff college during these lean times. Ah, another National Interest project, one that even trump current and future capabilities for the military.
But then after a second reading , Malaysian Defence begun to wonder. They cannot be simply spending RM100 million on another staff college with plans to build the permanent campus for the National Defence University especially when everything else have been cut from the budget.
Malaysian Defence could be wrong, and the Pusat Pertahanan Nasional (Puspahanas) is simply another National Interest project conceived to fork out funds from the military budget or basically another gravy train for the well-connected but just maybe its really a cover story for the construction of a permanent site for the still-squatting Joint Force Headquarters.
The new college location in Precint 1 seemed to betray the obvious. The whole industry knows that the Joint Force Headquarters is looking for a permanent site since its was stood up three to four years ago. There is no space at MINDEF and Putrajaya seemed the obvious choice for such a facility.
I could be wrong though but since I am in a generous mood, I will let this fly….
“Puspahanas Will Be A World Class Defence Studies Centre – PM
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 21(Bernama) — The Puspahanas centre costing RM100 million will be a world class facility to train Malaysian Defence Forces (ATM) officers besides being the reference centre for military matters and national defence, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Abdullah, who is also Defence Minister, said it would also serve as catalyst for defence relations and cooperation among countries in the region and internationally in line with the government’s commitment to efforts at preserving regional and international peace.
“The Puspahanas project is one of the projects that will contribute to the attaining of the National Mission which is a continuation of the government’s plan to achieve long term peace and progress for the nation.
“We are now in the era of globalisation in all fields. In line with this, our military officers must also be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be able to face the challenges of the future.
“Realising this need, Puspahanas was conceived with the aim of providing ultra-modern and quality training facilities for ATM officers in military matters and national defence,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony of the project in Precinct 1 here.
The project, undertaken by Awan Megah Sdn Bhd, when fully completed in 2011, will also house the National Defence College (MPN) and the ATM’s Command and Staff Training College (MPTAT).
Abdullah added that asides ATM officers, Pusphanas would also help in the training of Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) officers, civil servants and also military officers from abroad.
He said MPTAT would be able to train 180 officers at the level of lieutenant colonel and below at any one time while MPN would be able to accommodate 50 officers at the colonel and brigadier general levels.
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