Defence ties between Malaysia and Japan should not be limited only to the purchases of defence equipment, said Deputy Minister of Defence Senator Liew Chin Tong.
On the other hand, it should also lead to co-operation in the defence industry which is much deeper and for a long period of time.
A deeper relation is necessary taking into account the availability of a civil and commercial supply network with the presence of Japanese companies in Malaysia.
The co-operation must give focus on manufacturing activities for civil and military usage other than helping to create high and moderate skills job opportunities,’’ he said through a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence today.
Liew is now on a four-day working visit to Tokyo, Japan from yesterday.
During the visit, Liew had met the new Japanese deputy Minister of Defence Taro Kono who was appointed on Sept 11. Previously, Taro Kono was the Japanese foreign minister.
Both of them had visited the Rohingya Refugee Camp at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, in May and June.
They had shared the same fears about the situation at the camp and hoped that the cooperation between the two countries could contribute towards alleviating the situation there. The working visit is Liew’s first to Japan.
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