Mohamad Sabu: More Russian fighter jets will participate at the National Day Parade

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KUALA LUMPUR:  The Malaysians will be able to see more Russian fighter jets take to the sky for the National Day Parade held in Putrajaya on 31 August.

Minister of Defence, Mohamad Sabu said, Russian jets are now in operations and many more will be flying at the parade.

“Just wait and see on that day, I give you a bit of suspense,” he said when asked about the condition of the Russian fighter jets without mentioning the exact number that will be participating at the parade.

On July 31, Mohamad Sabu told Dewan Rakyat that only four out of 28 Russian fighter jets owned by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) were fit to take to the skies while 14 others were under repair.  

Meanwhile on the development of the Governance of Income and Finance Investigation Special Committee headed by Tan Sri Ambrin Buang enforced on the Ministry of Defence, Mohamad said, the result of good governance cannot be seen in a day or 100 days but probably in a year’s time.

“If we want to do something it will take time as for a change to take place, it must be well understood by all parties concerned. However we are moving towards good governance. I am confident that the results will be seen soon in terms of income and expenditures incurred in the ministry and the Malaysian Armed Forces.

“With good governance in the administration, there will be less “gossips” about misuse of money or none at all in future,” Mohamad Sabu told the media after delivering his speech at the Ministry of Defence Staff Gathering and launching of the National Month 2018 at Wisma Perkasa here Tuesday morning.

Mohamad Sabu also mentioned about the intake of more non Malays in the Malaysian Armed Forces in future when the government is able to provide more employment benefits.

He said: “When we mention about national defence, we do not want to see only the Malays, Bumiputeras, Sabah and Sarawak are responsible but by all races in Malaysia.

“Although we have had non Malay, Tan Sri K. Thanabalasingam leading the Royal Malaysia Navy (RMN) before and also the RMAF used to have Chinese as heads of departments, but very less in the non-officers position,” he said.         

Earlier in his speech, he said under the Pakatan Harapan Government, the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad  has made a brave move when he appointed Senator Liew Chin Tong as the Deputy Minister of Defence.

Mohamad Sabu stressed that Chin Tong is not only a Chinese but he is from the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and this was never done in the former Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

“Chin Tong’s appointment has shown that PH Government is committed and serious to take more non-Malays into the Malaysian Armed Forces,” he said._Malaysia World News

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