The Defence White Paper, (KPP) which was tabled in Parliament yesterday (Dec 2), will create more job opportunities for the national defence industry.
Security and defence analyst, Ruhanie Ahmad said the KPP would provide numerous job opportunities through the identifications of new technologies and fortify research and development.
He said through KPP the defence industry could be empowered and become a catalyst for development in boosting the national economy.
‘’This KPP is more open in nature compared to the National Defence Policy which prior to this was more closed in nature.
‘’In addition, KPP can be accessed by the people and they can give their opinions in the effort to empower the national defence industry,’’ he told Bernama.
Yesterday (Dec 2), Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu tabled KPP in Parliament which would decide the national defence strategic objectives for the period 2021 to 2030 to protect the interests of Malaysia and defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Ruhanie said KPP was made based on the strategic outlook of the future which also placed cyber threats as among the priorities of the nation.
‘’The cyber threats have also become current threats. For example, the use of drones which had destroyed the oil processing factory Saudi Aramco (in Saudi Arabia) prior to this.
‘’The KPP is formulated to know the outlook and the forms of coming threats including cyber terrorism, cyber electronic and cyberwar threats,’’ he said.
He said KPP showed the level of transparency of the government and its strong commitment to empower the national defence.
Ruhanie said the KPP would be very proactive in detecting any form of threat in the future.
Meanwhile, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia associate professor Kuik Cheng Chwee said KPP would shape the national long term strategic objectives via the idea of placing Malaysia as a maritime nation.
He said KPP could attract the attention of the people and empower the (national) defence other than taking into account the needs of the military and non-military agencies.
‘’KPP is made by taking into account the views of not only government agencies but also academicians in providing the essences of the needs of KPP involving national defence,’’ he added.