Committee to investigate RMAF scandals to be formed

BUTTERWORTH: The Defence Ministry will set up a high level committee to investigate the various alleged scandals which have come to haunt the Armed Forces.

Defence Minister and Kota Raja Member of Parliament Mohamad Sabu said that he will seek the Cabinet's approval to form such a committee.

The Defence Ministry has been rocked with various allegations of impropriety, from the controversial purchase of the Scorpene submarines to equipment malfunction and corruption among its rank and file.

Besides that, there is also the alleged sell-off of premium urban land parcels which belonged to the Armed Forces and its retirement fund board.

Mohamed said that the committee will probe the alleged wrongdoings to determine if there are grounds for prosecution or disciplinary action.

Mohamad Sabu said this before breaking fast with personnel at the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) base here.

It was a homecoming of sorts for the politician, who was born near the base in Tasek Gelugor, and has contested in various states throughout the country.

Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar and the Permatang Pasir assemblyperson Faiz Fadzil were also present at the event.

He added that the top brass of the military has requested for more sophisticated equipment to battle the cyberwar and other threats in the new millennium.

Mohamad Sabu said that he needs to discuss such matters with the cabinet.

He also touched on the proposed relocation of the RMAF base in Butterworth, saying for now there are no plans to move ahead with the suggestion made by the previous government.

"We will discuss it another time."

Later, Mohamad Sabu joined military personnel at the base to break fast and he used the opportunity to mingle with the RMAF officers.

He plans to embark on a tour of all military installations in the country as part of his familiarisation process of the ministry.