Malaysia's new armed forces chief calls on Ng Eng Hen

Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Malaysia's General Affendi Buang yesterday reaffirmed the two countries' longstanding bilateral defence ties. PHOTO: MINDEF
Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and Malaysia's General Affendi Buang yesterday reaffirmed the two countries' longstanding bilateral defence ties. PHOTO: MINDEF

The new chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) called on Singapore's Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen yesterday.

General Affendi Buang, who was appointed as MAF chief this year, is on his introductory visit to Singapore until tomorrow, Singapore's Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement yesterday.

At a meeting at Mindef, the Malaysian general and Dr Ng reaffirmed the two countries' longstanding bilateral defence ties and discussed ways that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the MAF could strengthen cooperation to tackle common security challenges in the region.

As part of his programme, Gen Affendi also visited the 2nd People's Defence Force at Clementi Camp, where he observed a peacetime contingency operations demonstration. He also viewed a static display of army assets and weapon systems, and went on a familiarisation ride on the armoured Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle.

Today, he is expected to view aerial and static displays and tour the booths at the Singapore Airshow 2020 at Changi Exhibition Centre.

He will also visit Changi Naval Base in the afternoon, where he will be hosted at the Information Fusion Centre and aboard the Formidable-class frigate, the RSS Supreme.

Mindef said Gen Affendi's visit "underscores the longstanding defence relations between Singapore and Malaysia".

 

"The SAF and the MAF interact regularly through a wide range of activities, including bilateral exercises, visits and exchanges, cross-attendance of courses, as well as through multilateral platforms like the Five Power Defence Arrangements and the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)/ADMM-Plus," said the ministry.

"These interactions have strengthened mutual understanding and professional ties between personnel of both armed forces."

Clement Yong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2020, with the headline 'Malaysia's new armed forces chief calls on Ng Eng Hen'. Print Edition | Subscribe