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Tight budget hampers Malaysia's defence ambitions

2015-03-20 08:42:56       source:Channel News Asia

March 29, 2015

"Budget constraints are jeopardising Malaysia's defence spending plans, which include replacing ageing fighter jets and beefing up its maritime capabilities.

While Malaysia has traditionally played down any tensions with China over the disputed South China Sea, it has long expressed concern about piracy and security along its land and coastal borders.

More recently, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 after it flew unimpeded across the Malay Peninsula last year exposed gaps in the military's tracking of the skies."

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