$12 billion defence contract poses policy challenge for Malaysia's Pakatan government

A Royal Malaysian Air Force fighter jet at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2019 that was held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center.
A Royal Malaysian Air Force fighter jet at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2019 that was held at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center.PHOTO: BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR - Behind-the-scenes lobbying for a new multi-billion-dollar military procurement contract for thirty light combat aircraft for the Malaysian air force is shaping up into a policy challenge for the Pakatan Harapan coalition government.

Long considered a nest for dispensing political patronage, Malaysia's secretive defence complex is undergoing a shakeup as established operators with strong connections to the previous National Front (NF) coalition government face competition from new players seeking a slice of the action.

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