Former defense minister in Najib’s cabinet, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein called for Malaysia to “stand its ground” and “prepare to physically defend its territory and sovereignty”, amid border disputes with Singapore.
He criticized the current Pakatan Harapan government for its benevolent approach to Singapore. He urged the government to cease its “verbal war” with Singapore, noting Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong’s recent remarks for peaceful negotiations, and instead “fight fire with fire”.
“This is no longer a verbal war with Singapore. This is about standing ground for Malaysia as the Government. You have been entrusted to lead the Armed Forces and defend the nation. Stop the rhetorics and just do it,” Hishammuddin posted on his Facebook page.
The Sembrong MP noted the amicable approach government leaders here in comparison to the belligerent attitude towards Malaysia from the Singapore Cabinet over the maritime and airspace disputes.
Bilateral relations between the two countries have been increasingly strained as Singapore staked its claims over its port limits off Tuas, accusing Malaysia of encroaching into its waters after Putrajaya extended the Johor Baru Port limits in an October Gazette.
Singapore has also been locked in an airspace dispute over the use of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Seletar Airport just 2km away from Pasir Gudang in Johor. Malaysia claims this restricts development and shipping operations within Malaysian territory.