No To Decisive Storm

SHAH ALAM: THERE is no need for the Malaysian Armed Forces to be involved in the Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.

He said the coalition forces involved in the operations were using “the most sophisticated combat jets and ships” available. Therefore there were no need for MAF’s involvement either with assets or personnel.

Malaysian news agency, Bernama had reported that Saudi Arabia had requested Malaysia to join the military operations in Yemen, designated as Decisive Storm. The operations may well be expanded to the seas surrounding the country following a UN resolution which imposed an arms embargo against the parties involved in the conflict.

Hishammuddin said Malaysia recognised Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government. It supported the efforts of the international community in maintaining unity and freedom of the Arab country.

“As a member of the UN Security Council, Malaysia supports fully all the resolutions on Yemen,” he added.

Asked whether Malaysia will be involved in a peacekeeping operations in Yemen once hostilities had ended, Hishammuddin said in the context of the humanitarian issues, he hoped what had happened (in Yemen) would not be repeated.

He said he expected that Malaysia’s top leadership shared the same views as him.

Hercules M30-04 from the 14th Squadron. The serial numbers of the two Hercules deployed to Saudi Arabia is unknown.
Hercules M30-04 from the 14th Squadron. The serial numbers of the two Hercules deployed to Saudi Arabia is unknown.

As of the moment, Hishammuddin said Malaysia would liaised closely with Saudi Arabia to monitor situation in Yemen especially for humanitarian issues and the evacuation of Malaysian nationals from that country.

The minister who returned from a three day visit to Saudi on Saturday, said it was fortunate that he was a close confidant to the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed Al Nayef and its defence minister, Mohammed Salman.

According to Hishammudin, Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Zin and Air Force chief Jen Datuk Seri Roslan Said are expected to visit Saudi Arabia among others to discuss the current situation and oversee the possible evacuation of Malaysians that still remained in Yemen.

He said previously, Army Chief Jen Tan Sri Raja Mohammed Affandi Raja Mohammed Noor and the military intelligence had also visited Saudi Arabia.

Two RMAF Hercules remained in the Middle East to assist in any evacuation efforts. Around 130 Malaysians remained in Yemen after they refused to be evacuated from the war torn country. Most of these are private students and their family members.

— Malaysian Defence

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