Call for greater security

The proposal follows an increase in kidnapping cases in the troubled waterways and criticism over Malaysia’s assets to tackle cross-border crime in the region.

Malaysia calls for greater regional cooperation to guard the Sulu Sea


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein is proposing greater military cooperation with Indonesia, the Philippines and Brunei to ensure safety and security in the Sulu Sea. He was speaking on Sunday (Apr 17) after a walkabout at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition and conference in Kuala Lumpur.

The proposal comes following a rise in kidnapping cases in the troubled waterways where tugboats were increasingly being targeted by Abu Sayyaf related gunmen from southern Philippines. Mr Hishammuddin said having the best asset alone is not going to be enough.

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