Missing MH370: The Lion and the Tiger side by side

Missing MH370: The Lion and the Tiger side by side
The Republic of Singapore Air Force sent a C-130 Hercules to help search for the missing MAS plane. Singapore's response makes it abundantly clear that Malaysia's national crisis is an event which we will not turn our back to.

THE amount of resources - military and non-military - Singapore mobilised at no-notice after 239 people aboard Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 disappeared last weekend without a trace speaks volumes of the close ties and shared destiny between the Malaysian Federation and our city-state.

Not a single Singaporean soul was aboard that MAS airliner. It does not matter. Singapore's response makes it abundantly clear that Malaysia's national crisis is a seismic event which we will not turn our back to.

As Malaysians count on the Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM, Malaysian Armed Forces) and the Federation's finest to spearhead the search for the missing, it is clear the full weight of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is backed by strong political will to assist our closest neighbour in its time of need.

Key leaders from both sides of the Causeway from Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) downwards have spoken with one another. Service chiefs of our respective air and naval forces have touched base.

These are more than diplomatic niceties during crisis time. It is a signal moment in Malaysia-Singapore defence relations that emphasises that when it matters, the ATM and SAF can work together in a real and substantive way, with our combined orders of battle offering immense resources for the task at hand.

On March 8, a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C-130 Hercules joined mercy flights flown by Malaysian aircraft and helicopters.

And there's more to come. Things are stirring in the SAF.

Now that defence ministers from both countries have a better grasp of what needs to be done and what Singapore can offer, more SAF assets are being marshalled and deployed to work with the ATM.

Hundreds of men and women in the SAF have had their weekend truncated.

Scores of civil servants who imagined a breather after budgets for key ministries were passed in Parliament last week have received a sharp reminder what public service is all about. Many will be at work today, the unseen hands that will push assets northward to join the massive search for the MAS plane.

 

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