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Gen Affendi reaffirms Malaysia’s bilateral defence ties with Singapore

The Chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), General Tan Sri Affendi Buang’s visit underscores the long-standing defence relations between Singapore and Malaysia, according to the republic’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) today.

Affendi who is on his introductory visit to Singapore from Feb 9 to 12, had called on Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen at the ministry this afternoon, said MINDEF on its website.

During their meeting, the ministry said Dr Ng and Affendi affirmed Singapore and Malaysia’s long-standing bilateral defence ties and discussed how the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and MAF could strengthen cooperation to deal with common security challenges in the region.

While at MINDEF, Affendi also called on the republic’s Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong and reviewed a guard of honour.

As part of his programme, MINDEF said Affendi visited the Second 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 had a familiarisation ride on the Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle.

On Feb 11, Affendi will view the aerial and static displays, and tour the booths at the Singapore Airshow 2020 at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

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

The SAF and 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 (FPDA) and ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)/ADMM-Plus.

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

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

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