Friday, February 5, 2010

Which Foreign Embassies? Clues from the Lord of the Bingais

Follow up to the Treason post

Issue On Leak Of National Secrets Will Be Settled Diplomatically

BAGAN DATOH, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- The issue where foreign embassies had used Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) personnel to leak national secrets will be settled via diplomatic channel, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

He said the parties concerned would be told to stop doing it as it could sour the good ties between Malaysia and
the countries involved.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had also been briefed on the matter.

"For the sake of diplomatic ties with the countries concerned, the prime minister had asked the Defence Ministry not to reveal the embassies involved," he said after launching the Juara Rakyat programme for Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency here on Friday.

Zahid hoped that attempts to obtain national secrets by the countries concerned would not be repeated.

The countries concerned have defence ties with Malaysia.

"We hope that diplomatic and military diplomacy with the countries concerned will continue to be good," he said.


That was such a stupid giveaway la pakcik....might as well u spell the name out ...dhows..

My first suspect as always is the tiny little dot down south......I'm currently unsure if there are any specific official arrangements with our ASEAN Neighbours....but a cursory look at our National Defense Policy statement....reveals this

Due to its geographical location in Southeast Asia, Malaysia’s strategic interests and concerns inevitably coincide with those of the other countries in the region. Given the above situation Malaysia’s security becomes quite indivisible from that of its fellow ASEAN countries. Hence, a threat to ASEAN or any of the ASEAN countries would also be viewed as a threat to of Malaysia. Accordingly, Malaysia attaches great significance to regional cooperation.

Within the context of regional cooperation Malaysia also encourages the establishment of bilateral defence cooperation within ASEAN. A strong bilateral defence network amongst ASEAN countries will assist in the process of confidence building and promoting transparency. Concomitant with this approach Malaysia will promote and contribute towards the development of a strong and effective ASEAN community in order to ensure a secure Southeast Asia.

Malaysia views the formation of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) as another significant development towards the continued peace and stability of the region. This initiative by ASEAN has successfully brought together participants to share views on mutual security concerns. The dialogue process has proven to be an important mechanism towards confidence building. The ARF activities will foster cooperation and better understanding among its participants.

To complement regional cooperation, Malaysia also acknowledges the need for external assistance from countries outside the region. The assistance includes moral and physical support, training facilities, transfer of technology and supply of equipment. In pursuing this effort, it has undertaken steps to establish and reinforce relations with countries outside the region. Hence, despite the commitment to ZOPFAN, the reality of the situation should not allow Malaysia to preclude the need to request for assistance from sources outside the region. This is especially so when the level of threat is of a proportion that goes beyond the capability of the local force.

Malaysia regards the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), which comprises ofSingapore, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, as an avenue for external assistance. The FPDA is the only formal defence arrangement which Malaysia has with extra-regional powers. At the time of its inception, Malaysia realised that self-reliance could only be achieved over a period of time. The FPDA thus became the mechanism through which it could develop its defence capabilities with the assistance of traditional allies. The loose consultative mechanism of the FPDA gave Malaysia some measure of external support and assurance of security. In this regard, Malaysia firmly remains committed to the continued relevance of the FPDA. Nevertheless, in view of the present strategic scenario and the enhanced capabilities of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), the role of the FPDA has been streamlined to meet the current needs.

Go here for English and here for BM
If we were to deduce from the above......

Malaysian current encourages the establishment of Bilateral Defence Cooperation among ASEAN......

Does Malaysia have any Bilateral Defence Cooperation with ASEAN?

You can read the talk shop crap of the ASEAN Discussion and their latest Joint Declaration

To me all of those mumbo jumbo crap are just hot air with no clear specific commitments...

And remember....Jib bengong statement of "these countries have defence ties with Malaysia"

What is real is the Five Power Defence Arrangement Treaties check out the actual treaty here and for some academic analysis of the FPDA go here

So folks......are we ready to boycott products from

Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand

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