17 October 2007

I will be posting more details of the Malaysian armed forces purchases in the last decade when I can find the time.

Yes, under the Mahathir regime, they have procured a massive armoury. The military build-up under the Mahathir regime were part of their 'modernising' programme which involved hundreds of AIFV types, MBTs, fighters and more.

There is a need for an awareness of this build-up.


BlackRX said...

If Singapore is responding in kind with its own military buildup -- or if Malaysia's buildup is actually in response to Singapore's -- would you consider this a potentially dangerous arms race?

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

I don't consider this a dangerous arms race but I do consider the Malaysian buildup to be dangerous considering that the Mahathir regime was then buying Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Rocket Launchers, mostly armaments for an offensive posture.

Anonymous said...

I doubt Singapore is the one making all the aggressive stance if there is such thing as dangerous arms race, but rather more on the defensive role.

Put it this way Singapore is surrounded by some rather unscrupulous neighbours.


Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Singapore would have little to gain with an arms race. In fact, Singapore would lose out. In any cost-benefits analysis, Singapore would work to co-operate with its neighbours. And since Singapore is pragmatic, yes, Singapore is reactive and defensive.

The unscrupulous leaders indeed.

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Fortunately, one retired.