TAWAU, February 3, 2020 - Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof is in Sabah, Malaysia for a three-day working visit to Tawau accompanied by Malaysian Minister of Defence, Haji Mohamad bin Sabu. 

The delegation visited several military facilities and strategic installations around the East Coast of Sabah, including the Tun Sharifah Rodziah Forward Sea Basing, a decommissioned oil platform that has been converted into a security asset and serves as an integrated forward base strategically located under the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSZONE), and supports operations to stave off cross-border criminals.

The Malaysian Minister of Defence led the Malaysian delegation. Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Affendi bin Buang; Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy Admiral Datuk Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany; Joint Force Commander Lieutenant General Dato’ Suhaimi bin Haji Mohd Zuki; and Deputy Secretary General (Policy) Ahmad Nadzri bin Mohd Hassan were also present.

The visit allowed the Brunei delegation to witness how the Malaysian Armed Forces monitor, protect and safeguard national waters against transnational security challenges, particularly within maritime areas of Sabah and the Southern Philippines.

It aimed to strengthen the longstanding bilateral defence relations between Brunei and Malaysia. Both ministers also exchanged views and information on current security issues, highlighting the growing importance of working together to address these challenges.