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.
What does the Defence Budget tell us? Are we spending too much, just enough, or too little on national defence? Which programs should be prioritized over others? This series of articles will break down the formatting and the structure of the Defence Budget.
If these problems are not addressed properly over the long term, the reputation of the Armed Forces as a professional organization will suffer. It may come to a point where future youths and families may altogether advocate against any form of service in the military, which in turn might deprive the Armed Forces a pool of dynamic recruits and cadets.
On the 2nd December last year, the Pakatan Harapan government presented the Defense White Paper (DWP) in Parliament. The first of its kind, it is a publicly available policy document that provides guidance to policy makers on conducting national defense affairs, while also giving the members of the public an opportunity to engage in this previously opaque area of public policy. The current DWP is to last over a period of the next 10 years, starting from 2021.