KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 – The Defence Services Asia 2014 (DSA) defence technology and equipment exhibition that starts Monday will see close cooperation between Malaysia and other Asean countries in the defence industry. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the DSA exhibition would become the platform for the countries involved to coordinate their respective defence to face any likely future threats. “DSA’s target is to ensure Asean is seen as a bloc that can cooperate and coordinate, in terms of the defence industry, besides focusing on issues related to new threats,” he told a media conference after visiting the DSA exhibition site here Sunday. He said Malaysia was expected to chair the Asean Summit Conference 2015 while the solidarity cooperation among member countries in the defence and security industry would be given emphasis. DSA Exhibition 2014, which will commence until this Thursday, is a static defence technology and equipment exhibition as well as latest generic security solution and armament system to meet the requirements of the country’s security forces and that of the Asia-Pacific countries.
Hishammuddin said this year’s event recorded the largest participation since it was first organised in 1988, involving about 1,000 defence industry companies from 50 countries compared to 850 exhibitors in 2012. He said the reduction in the defence budget was also the main element in organising it through coordination within the Asean countries. “If we look from outside the box and see that we are facing the same threat, then the Asean countries can cooperate with each other so as not to have any wastage in the defence budget. “It is important for us to find noble and creative ways to look at the defence industry and one way to do it is to look at Asean as one market,” he said. Asean’s membership comprises Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.