According to Malaysian socio-political news site, The Malaysian Insight, sources have said that China will be offering Malaysia advanced rocket launchers and a radar system. These would reportedly be based in the state of Johor.
Yep, just a few KM up north of Singapore.
According to site, the offer will “be made by a high-level delegation headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy visiting Malaysia for the East Coast Rail Link launch tomorrow.”
The site added that the offer would include “up to 12 units of the AR3 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) in a purchase programme with a loan period of 50 years”.
Here’s what the Chinese-made AR3 MLRS, looks like.
The rocket system apparently has a maximum range of 220km, which means that Singapore, Batam and parts of Sumatra will be within range.
Coincidentally, this news of pieces surfaced on the same day as we celebrate Singapore’s 52th year of independence. Have you ever wondered, why we must serve?
We wonder why too.
We also wonder if Malaysia will accept China’s offer. Or whether in the first place, if this ‘news’ from The Malaysian Insight is even accurate to begin with.
Then again, such acts aren’t new. In 1991, Malaysia and Indonesia conducted a joint military exercise – Malindo Darsasa – involving an airbone assult by paratroopers in Johor. The catch? That exercise took place on 9 August, Singapore’s 26th National Day.
Friendly neighbours? Reduce our defence budget?
Seriously, get real.
That is all.