KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 -- Malaysia will co-operate with a Turkish company to gain expertise in the shipping industry in the effort to develop the local shipping sector.
Minister of Defence Mohamad Sabu said this was in order to take advantage of the local young skilled shipping manpower who were currently working abroad.
‘’We (ministry) will try to co-operate (with Turkey). We will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Turkish company during the Kuala Lumpur Summit which will be attended by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
‘’The (MoU), among others, includes sharing with Malaysian experts on all aspects of expertise in the industry,’’ he said when winding up the 2020 Supply Bill at committee level for his ministry in Dewan Rakyat, today.
Broaching on a similar matter, Mohamad said the ministry was now planning to acquire new ships including four Littorial Mission Ships (LMS) which were expected to be delivered in 2020 and 2021.
He said this was because 29 of the 40 Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) ships were around 30 to 50 years old.
Mohamad, However, did not divulge details on the acquisitions of the four ships.
The bill was then approved.
Meanwhile, outside the Dewan Rakyat, Mohamad was asked on the statement of the Minister of Home Affairs Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Bangkok, Thailand that Malaysia did not rule out Daesh had moved its operations to the South East Asian region following the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an attack in Syria in October.
He said Malaysia always exercise caution and co-operated with countries in the region to monitor the development.
‘’Indeed, we are cautious because when the wars in Iraq and Syria end, among them are Malaysians who will try to find ways to return home. Nevertheless, the ministry and military intelligence are working harder from time to time to detect if there are threats in Malaysia or South East Asia,’’ he added.