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UMNO crooks are hiding behind the national defence secrecy to steal money is the real issue.

Malaysia will pay double or even triple than other countries for a same defence asset is endangering the nation security.

200,000 security forces have to take two months or more to flush out 200 odd Sulu terrorists in Sabah is a testimony that the capability of nation defence is compromised by the corruption.

Kick out BN in the federal government is only answer to stop corruption in the defence ministry.

Malaysia to buy 18 jet fighters, shortlists five makers

By Siva Sithraputhran

LANGKAWI, Malaysia, March 28 (Reuters) – Malaysia has shortlisted five manufacturers as it seeks to buy 18 combat aircraft by 2015 to replace its ageing fleet of Russian-made MIG-29s, the defence minister said on Thursday.

The choice was between the Britain-backed Eurofighter Typhoon, Sweden’s SAAB JAS-39 Gripen, France’s Dassault Aviation Rafale, Boeing’s F/A 18E/F Super Hornet and Russia’s Sukhoi Su-30, Zahid Hamidi told Reuters.

“We’ve made the shortlist,” Zahid said on the sidelines of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. “We don’t know the cost yet.”

Industry sources said the purchase could […]