Top Malaysian defence officials visit Singapore
Malaysian Deputy Minister for Defence Liew Chin Tong called on Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) yesterday.
"Both sides reaffirmed the bilateral defence relationship and exchanged views on the bilateral and multilateral defence cooperation between Singapore and Malaysia," a Mindef statement said.
The ministers also discussed ongoing geopolitical and security developments in the region.
Mr Liew visited Safra Punggol earlier yesterday. Today, he will deliver the keynote speech at the 2018 Southeast Asia Counter-Terrorism Symposium organised by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
Separately, the Chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, called on Dr Ng at Mindef in Bukit Gombak yesterday.
Gen Zulkifli is making his first visit to Singapore as armed forces chief. During the meeting, Dr Ng and Gen Zulkifli affirmed the positive trajectory of the bilateral defence relationship, said a Mindef statement.
They also discussed how the two defence establishments could strengthen cooperation to deal with common security challenges in the region.
Gen Zulkifli, who took up the post in June, also met Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong and reviewed a guard of honour at Mindef.
The Malaysian armed forces chief arrived in Singapore on Tuesday and visited Changi Naval Base for the opening ceremony of Exercise Bersama Lima - a multilateral exercise involving the five member nations of the Five Power Defence Arrangements - Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
He also visited the Changi Command and Control Centre and the Formidable-class frigate RSS Steadfast. Yesterday, he visited the Island Defence Task Force at Clementi Camp as well as ST Engineering.
The SAF and Malaysian Armed Forces regularly interact across a range of activities, including bilateral exercises, visits, exchanges and cross attendance of courses.