C - Political Reform C00. POLITICAL REFORM

C10. Make the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysia Police a respected and an enviable force

In progress
Jun 2018

No more honorary military titles for civilians, Mat Sabu says

Malay Mail June 04, 2018

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said today he has instructed the Armed Forces to review the current trend of granting honorary military titles such as “Captain” or “Major” to the public. The minister known as Mat Sabu said this is needed to maintain the Forces’ image, and the decision is supported by many of its veterans. “We don’t want the public to abuse military uniforms. I’ve given instructions to review the habit of giving military titles or uniforms to the public or politicians so easily. We want to minimise this as much as possible.

“The military is the military. The veterans have voiced their support for his review — where those truly deserving will be awarded with an honorary military title,” he told the press in a session here. Veterans’ group PATRIOT had recently asked Mohamad to not take any honorary title nor wear its uniforms unlike previous ministers. In addition, Mohamad also said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) will establish an investigations committee to look into any scandals involving the military, including the purchase of the Scorpene submarines under the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. “We will establish an investigations committee and this committee’s report will be discussed in Cabinet. The result of the report and any recommendations will be submitted to the government. It is too early to comment on the committee. “The committee will investigate all issues that the public have raised. We will not be focussing purely on only one issue such as the Scorpene deal,” he said.

The committee will also work to ensure that the ministry is free from corruption as this would have an extremely negative impact on the capabilities of Malaysia’s military while simultaneously weakening the nation’s defence. Mohamad also promised to ensure that Mindef will no longer be the cash cow for politicians by eradicating corruption and ensuring that financial management and procurement will be conducted according to government procedures. He also has plans on reviewing his ministry’s procurement process to see whether it needs improvement or not. “If we need to improve or there’s room for improvement, we will improve it. If everything is doing well, we will continue it,” he said.

Jun 2018

Armed Forces to probe allegations of leaked confidential documents, says Mat Sabu

The Star June 04, 2018

The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) will investigate allegations that confidential documents over the appointments and promotions of senior military officers were leaked, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu. He said that his ministry takes the allegations seriously. “The Ministry, through the MAF headquarters, will direct the Provost Marshal division to investigate the authenticity of these allegations. He also assured that being the chairman of the Armed Forces Council, every MAF meetings including decisions would be made with confidentiality.

“I understand that confidentiality of information has been practised since the establishment of MAF. The Ministry will not compromise on any leakage of confidential information,” he said. On Sunday (June 3), Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) called on the Defence Ministry to investigate leakage of confidential documents over the appointment of senior military officials. Its president Brig Jen (B) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji said the leakage of the information also revealed the possibility of the appointment of former commander-in-chief Gen Zulkifli Zainal Abidin as the Armed Forces Chief. He added that if such documents could be leaked, other confidential defence documents could also be leaked and fall into the wrong hands.

May 2018

Mat Sabu will look into alleged corruption surrounding an agreement involving the sale of land owned by the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces

Sinar Harian May 12, 2018

May 2018

Make the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysia Police a respected and an enviable force


A modern and capable armed forces and police force is vital to ensure peace in the country and to fight crime. Pakatan Harapan will provide the appropriate financial and infrastructure support to both entities so that they can function effectively. The financial allocation to the RMP will be increased, in accordance with the need to upgrade the facilities for lower-ranking officers and the need for more officers. The budget for training will also be increased. The Pakatan Harapan Government will work with both forces to conduct a detailed analysis of their equipment, weaponry and training needs. The Pakatan Harapan Government will create mechanisms to strengthen relationships and accountability between the police forces and their local communities at state and district levels. Gradual decentralization will be carried out to improve the effectiveness of the police service at the local level. The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) will be established in the first term of the Pakatan Harapan administration. All allegations of misconduct will be investigated in a fair and comprehensive way, including allegations of death in custody. The role and functions of the police’s Special Branch will be refined and modernized, so that they can focus on interior security, anti-terrorism, and organized crime. Politically-motivated monitoring will be stopped. The Special Branch will also be given the responsibility to immediately devise a holistic strategy to control and combat religious extremism and terrorism. To guarantee the welfare of retired military and policemen, the pension rates will be reviewed and adjusted to the current cost of living. For retired policemen, the pension rate before the year 1970 and after year 1970 will be synchronized. The Pakatan Harapan Government will also finance the associations for former police and military personnel. We will give an initial allocation of at least RM500,000 a year for each association.