“Do not try to pit us because of my close relationship with the top leadership either at the Cabinet level or supreme council,” said Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said, there were certain parties deliberately pit him against Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi following his appointment as Minister With Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department effective Wednesday (last week).
“There are certain parties with their own agendas. They do not want us to be close and look at the future,” he told reporters in a press conference at Wisma Perwira ATM, here today.
Obviously, he added, the appointment was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a Cabinet meeting before it was officially announced.
“The post of the Minister with Special Functions has been notified by the Prime Minister at a Cabinet meeting last week mainly to help him monitor the safety in Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).
“I have informed the Esszone Committee which was monitored by the Prime Minister himself and the advisory board which was co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Sabah about the appointment.
“My main job is to help the Prime Minister and to work closely with Ahmad Zahid and Musa Aman. This was made known to them and I will go to Sabah next week,” he said.
Hishammuddin said, his new job has more tasks and for that, he is not ready to tell the public about it.
“The task that I will take is not only related to the Ministry of Defence but also related to the security, economy, and politics. Personally, I would like to thank Ahmad Zahid and other Cabinet Ministers who have been trying to clarify the circumstances.
“I will work closely with Ahmad Zahid and Musa Aman in Sabah and the focus groups that Ahmad Zahid asked me to approach. They are the fishermen and this task will be done in the near future because they are our eyes and ears for the security institutions in Sabah,” he said.
Asked about his visit to China soon he said, a lot of things will be discussed together especially on the Littoral Mission Ship (LMS).
“I will meet the leaders of China including Chinese Defence Minister, General Chang Wanquan to talk about our relationship and things that we have announced during the Prime Minister’s visit to China and there must be follow ups.
“I’m going to China for three days to ensure Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) Agreement is signed as it was announced before. General Chang Wanquan and I will witness the signing of the agreement.
“We will also discuss our relationship with North Korea, matters relating to the South China Sea, issues with IS and Daesh, the correlation of our relationship in the Sulu Sea and the relationship with the United State of America new administration.
“This shows the reality of the power of our diplomacy and relationship which not many countries have,” he added.
Hishammuddin also mentioned, on 21st March, Boustead Holdings Bhd’s (BHB) subsidiary of Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. (BNS) has received and accepted the letter of acceptance (LoA) from the Malaysian Ministry of Defence for a contract to supply four units of Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) for RM1.17 billion.
The contract between the government of Malaysia and China was awarded to BNS under direct negotiation and for collaborating with a shipyard partner in China. It will be implemented over four years effective from the date of signing the LoA by BNS.
Meanwhile, in the Littoral Mission Ships Agreement, the shipyard partner will design the first two vessels which will be built and delivered in China in 2019 and 2020, while the remaining two vessels will be built and delivered in Malaysia by 2021.
Earlier, Hishammuddin was also present at the Non-Corruption-Free Pledge Event and presented awards and medals of Excellent Service and Manners Distinguished Service (PPT) in conjunction with the Defence Ministry’s monthly gathering.
He also announced a number of schemes including welfare and education aids such as living assistance, aid and patients equipment, admission to universities/polytechnics, disaster relief, ease of dialysis treatment and the payment of the funeral rites.
“The effort that we have made in the Ministry of Defence shows that transformation is taking place and we will continue to do so,” he said.
-Malaysia World News