UK in se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion to sell jets to Malaysia

New Straits Times - - News -

LANGKAWI: The United King­dom re­gards its re­la­tion­ship with Malaysia in the de­fence in­dus­try as a unique co­op­er­a­tion that does not only cover se­cu­rity, but also cre­ates pros­per­ity through job cre­ation.

It looks forward to the shar­ing of ideas on new ca­pa­bil­i­ties and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer with Malaysia.

UK De­fence Pro­cure­ment and Ex­port Min­is­ter Har­ri­ett Bald­win said the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment loved work­ing closely with its Malaysian coun­ter­parts, where the two coun­tries did not only have ex­ten­sive and en­dur­ing friend­ship through the Five Power De­fence Agree­ment, but also through long-stand­ing ties be­tween the two economies.

“We have a lot of com­mon ground in terms of de­fence and se­cu­rity chal­lenges that we face, and there’s a very good re­la­tion­ship be­tween the UK and Malaysia at the po­lit­i­cal and de­fence lev­els.

“I’m proud to be lead­ing the UK del­e­ga­tion to Lima (Langkawi International Mar­itime and Aero­space Ex­hi­bi­tion), where we have a num­ber of UK com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Malaysian econ­omy.

“An ex­am­ple is BAE Sys­tems, which has been work­ing with the Malaysian armed forces for the past four decades on dif­fer­ent projects.

“We are ex­cited about our de­fence re­la­tion­ship’s po­ten­tial, not just to cre­ate se­cu­rity but also pros­per­ity through job cre­ation,” she told the New Straits Times here yes­ter­day.

Bald­win said they were in se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion with the Malaysian De­fence Min­istry over the po­ten­tial for Malaysia to pro­cure UK-made Ty­phoon multi-role com­bat air­craft.

She said an eval­u­a­tion done in­de­pen­dently through Ox­ford An­a­lyt­ics sug­gested that buy­ing Ty­phoon could cre­ate over 20,000 highly-skilled Malaysian jobs.

Har­riet Bald­win

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