Brunei, Malaysia military officials discuss cooperation
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MILITARY officials from Brunei and Malaysia convened in the Sultanate recently for the 16th consultative meeting of the Joint Defence Working Committee (JDWC) between both countries.
The meeting, held last Wednesday, was co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary of Defence Police and Development at Brunei’s Ministry of Defence, Colonel (Rtd) Pg Dato Paduka Hj Azmansham Pg Hj Mohamad, and the Secretary General at Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence, Dato’ Sri Dr Hj Ismail Ahmad.
Both sides discussed the recent position and development of defence cooperation between the two countries, including the direction for the future.
Other topics discussed were the provision of courses and training, visits, joint exercises, exchange of staff and personnel as well as further discussions on the cooperation between the ministries and armed forces.
The meeting also explored ways to further enhance the scope and areas of defence cooperation that would be mutually beneficial for Brunei and Malaysia.
Defence relations between Brunei and Malaysia began in 1961 when three cadet officers and 60 cadets were sent to the then-Malaya to undergo military training.
Since the establishment of the JDWC in 1992, both countries have had excellent bilateral defence cooperation covering various fields.
The two work closely together in the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Southern Philippines and in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
The Brunei Times