SHAH ALAM: Prime Minister DS Anwar Ibrahim on Warriors Day (July 31) has again hinted of his intention to revamp the military procurement system. He said the revamped was to ensure outside parties can no longer rake in excessive commissions.
Speaking at a veteran entrepreneurship porgramme at Mindef, Anwar said the revamp must be done as the country’s defences were not coordinated with its economic growth and geopolitical and strategic position.
He was quoted as saying by Bernama
“Why I choose to mention this to all of you is because for veterans, for the military and, of course, for all of us, the country’s preparedness in the field of defence is an important matter.
“So, we suggest to the military leadership to revamp the procurement system; there can be no more interference from outside parties.
“The chiefs of staff are responsible for choosing the best warships, aircraft, tanks, and other equipment and should not repeat the same mistakes,” he said
This is the second time within two months, Anwar had stated that he wants to revamp the military procurement system. He last spoke about this on June 17 during a visit at the Butterworth air base.
As he was not quoted as saying anything in detail of the revamped he wanted to make at today’s function, it is likely that it is something still in the works. As he is busy with the current political situation – the August 12 elections in six states in the peninsula.
To be honest I was not expecting that PMX would have more details on the potential revamp as he had not even decided on the new secretary-general for the Defence Ministry as the previous one had retired on June 1 (after getting a one year extension).
Also apart from the military procurement system, PMX who is also the Finance Minister should looked into the procurement system of agencies under the Home Ministry, which are also prone to leakages and other shenanigans.
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