Invitation to Attend Public Forum And Book Launch: “Does Malaysia Need A Security Sector Reform Agenda?”


In conjunction with the launch of REFSA’s second book in its Tempurung Series – Are We Protected: Malaysian Defence Uncovered, a public forum entitled “Does Malaysia Need A Security Sector Reform Agenda?” will be held on 29th July 2015 (Wednesday), 7.30pm to 10.30pm at The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH).

Written by a former journalist who was blacklisted by the Ministry of Defence and currently REFSA researcher Lam Choong Wah, the book is the first ever attempt to tackle Malaysian defence issues in layman’s terms such as:

  • Arms procurement decision-making procedures
  • The strength of the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces and its place in the arms race
  • The level of transparency in the military
  • The requirements for military promotions
  • The parties responsible for the Lahad Datu stand-off

By analysing the many contentious defence issues, the forum hopes to draw some conclusions on the following two questions: “How well is the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces performing?” and “Is the Malaysia security sector up to date?”

Through organizing a public forum and publishing this timely book, REFSA hopes to shed some light on key national defence issues which haven’t been discussed seriously.

Our three panelists will explore Malaysian defence issues from both policy and academic perspectives. Join us in this exciting discussion.

Details of the forum are as follows:

Date: 29th July 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 7.30-10.30pm

Venue: KLSCAH 2nd Floor, Jalan Maharajalera, Kuala Lumpur

Language: English

The book will be launched by DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang who will be the guest of honour.

Forum Panelists:

  1. Liew Chin Tong: Chairman of REFSA; MP for Kluang
  2. Dr. K.S Balakrishnan: Senior Lecturer, Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya
  3. Lam Choong Wah: Senior Fellow at REFSA; author of the book.
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