Malaysia Budget 2016: Safety plans on track, says Hisham

Reuters

Defence Minister Datuk Seri His­ham­muddin Tun Hussein said the RM17.3bil (S$5.7 billion) allocation for his mi­nistry would put the country's defence programmes on the right track.

Despite the current economic challenges, the allocation did not neglect the key issues faced, inclu­ding the maintenance of security, especially in Sabah, and the welfare of Armed Forces personnel, he said.

"I feel that the allocation is putting the ministry on a comfortable track," Hishammuddin said.

Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin believed the allocation for defence would improve national security.

"With the allocation, we will be able to enhance our capabilities as well as our force readiness," he said, adding that the RM523mil allocated for the development of an Esscom camp in Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu, was also long-awaited news for the military.

"Previously, we had our soldiers on rotation and had to bring our personnel back here (Peninsular Malaysia) and send new personnel there as we did not have a permanent army camp.

"With a permanent camp, we can place them there and this will help us save cost in the long run," he added.