14 August 2017

News Story: Malaysia denies offer for Chinese rocket launchers, radar

AR3 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)
Military spokesman says no such proposal received, Treasury secretary-general expresses surprise over report

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s armed forces said on Thursday they had received no offer from China to buy advanced rocket launchers and a radar system to be based at the southern tip of the Southeast Asian country, rebutting media reports.

The denial followed reports that a Chinese delegation visiting Malaysia this week had proposed basing the military equipment in Johor.

Quoting an unidentified source, The Malaysian Insight news portal said the delegation made the offer on Wednesday, following the launch of a US$13 billion (RM55.7 billion) rail project being built by China.

A Malaysia military spokesman said no such proposal had been received, however.

“As far as the armed forces are concerned, there has been no such proposal,” a spokesman for the Malaysian Armed Forces told Reuters by telephone.

Read the full story at Free Malaysia Today