Category: Defence Budget

Defence Budget Defence Reform

Defence Priorities Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic : What Should be in the 2021 Defence Budget and Beyond?

With the nation battling the pandemic and trying to recover from the economic slowdown, we can expect that the healthcare and social protection systems will be the main focus of this year’s budget. This is understandable, given the direct effects of the virus crisis on livelihoods and health. However, the existing budget is already underfunding the Malaysian Armed Forces’ core obligatory operations, notwithstanding commitments to increase readiness and capabilities and expanded operational demands due to the pandemic.

Defence Budget Primer Series

Budget Series: The Defence Budget – Supply and Development 60

The general trend for the last five years has seen defence spending hover around RM13 to RM15 billion. This article outlines who the primary stakeholders the Ministry is, in effect, serving: the rakyat, foreign diplomatic missions, veterans and military pensioners, members of the defence industry, and some private sector and non-government entities.