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08KUALALUMPUR336
2008-04-30 09:22
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Kuala Lumpur

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/30/2028
TAGS: PREL MOPS MARR AF LE MY RP SU
SUBJECT: ASD SHINN AND DASD CLAD MEETINGS IN KUALA LUMPUR

Classified By: DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION DAVID B. SHEAR,
AMERICAN EMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR; REASON: 1.4(B AND D)

¶1. (U) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia Pacific James
Shinn and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Southeast
Asia James Clad visited Kuala Lumpur April 23-24, meeting
with Deputy Defense Minister The Honorable Daduk Wira Abu
Seman, Ministry of Defense Secretary General Dato hj Abu
Bakar; Under Secretary for Policy Dr. hj Ismail; and Joint
Force Commander Lt Gen Dato Allatif.

U.S.-Malaysia Bilateral Security Relations
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¶2. (C) Bilateral Talks: Malaysian interlocutors expressed
strong support for the level of bilateral cooperation. Bakar
and Ismail agreed on the desirability of increased bilateral
exchanges on security policy, but wanted keep the talks
informal. They hoped to conduct such exchanges periodically,
but avoided a commitment to, for example, scheduled annual
talks. Both sides agreed that it would be useful for DASD
Clad to return to Malaysia for a more extensive exchange on
policy later in the year.

¶3. (C) 1206: Civilian and military officials expressed
appreciation and strong support for the U.S. funding provided
to Malaysia under Title 1206 of the Defense Authorization Act
($12 million in FY08) for the construction of coastal radars
in Eastern Sabah. SecGen Bakar said that the Malaysian side
recognized the value of such radars in increasing maritime
domain awareness and bolstering border control and the effort
to stem terrorist use of Malaysian transit routes between
Indonesia and the Southern Philippines. Lt Gen Allatif
reported that the program was on track, but had been delayed
slightly by the difficulty of acquiring land for the radars.

¶4. (C) FMS: SecGen Bakar noted that his Ministry wants to
rationalize the defense procurement process. He hopes the
new approach will be based more on good assessments of what
Malaysian forces require than on what foreign suppliers offer
to sell. He said in this connection that he likes the way
the U.S. manages sales overseas through the FMS system, which
is thorough and covers parts and maintenance as well as
sales. He also indicated that he hoped Malaysia could buy
more via FMS, but did not specify what his ministry had in
mind.

Peacekeeping
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¶5. (C) The American side noted Malaysia’s positive
contributions to peacekeeping and hoped that the U.S. and
Malaysia could continue cooperation in peacekeeping
exercising and training. Lt Gen Allatif replied that
Malaysia would like to continue to participate in more
UN-mandated peacekeeping operations but its funding and
capabilities were limited. Both SecGen Bakar and Lt Gen
Allatif expressed frustration with the lack of progress in
negotiations between the Philippine Government and the MILF,
noting that continued Malaysian participation in the
International Monitoring Team was under review. (NOTE: The
GOM informed the Embassy April 28 that it planned to withdraw
the Malaysian contingent in stages starting in May.) Lt Gen
Allatif reported that Malaysia plans to expand its presence
in Lebanon from 360 to 560 in the coming months and that he
would travel to Lebanon to review the status of the Malaysian
contingent within the week. He also said that Malaysia is
considering the deployment of a battalion sized element to
Sudan and that an on-the-ground survey was currently being
conducted.

KEITH

   

 

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