Malaysia may pull troops out of Saudi Arabia, says Mat Sabu

Zulkifli Sulong

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu says if Malaysia were to get its military involved in any conflict, it would only be through the United Nations. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 20, 2018.

PUTRAJAYA is considering pulling back Malaysian troops from Saudi Arabia, which is engaged in air strikes against Yemeni rebel fighters, said Mohamad Sabu.

The defence minister said the government is not interested in being involved in conflicts in the Gulf region, and is reviewing the deployment of army personnel to Saudi Arabia.

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  • Najib and Hishamuddin lied to the people of Malaysia. Just ask our army veterans why our soldiers are in the Gulf Shield campaign. It's Muslims killing Muslims and Malaysia is used by the Saudis to show "Islamic solidarity" against Iran. We do not want to be part of their bloody feud. Is this why Najib got the "donation"?

    Posted 3 years ago by Da Hi

  • What the heck are we doing there? Pull our troops out!!

    Posted 3 years ago by Kenneth Tan

  • Religious conflicts between nations is completely off limit to our armed forces n we will only be involved under the auspices of the United Nation .Our armed forces primary objective is to protect our own country from aggressors n social security for our rakyat. we should not meddle with the internal affairs of a foreign country

    Posted 3 years ago by Lee Thian Siong

  • The most sensible move.
    in addition to that Malaysia should condemn the actions of the Gulf state interfering in Yemeni internal affairs.

    Posted 3 years ago by Edwin Pereira

  • Saudi media has named Malaysia as one of the 34 countries working with Riyadh in “fighting terrorism”.

    One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. So, who is the terrorist? We have no business getting involved. Please bring our men home as soon as possible.

    Posted 3 years ago by Henry Mancini Jr

  • Good one. !!! Make sure that Saudi Arabia is also awared that we are looking into their useless Princes role in the 1MDB debacles. They are lying thru their gritted teeth on supporting the claim of 2.6B in exchange for the Malaysian troops aids to kill fellow Muslims. Rogue country collabrating with our ex rogue PM.

    Posted 3 years ago by Lee Lee

  • Right move by the Defence Minister get our people home and cut expenses

    Posted 3 years ago by Fuad Dass Bin Abdullah

  • Guys, we have problem defending Sabah waters from the pirates and yet we go allllll the way to defend YEMEN??? We have leaks along our Nothern borders with illegals sneeking into the country, cannot defend Sabah waters and wosrt case money flowing out of the country and yet we send our line of defence to defend Yemen.......Mat Sabu please save our troops from being killed and dying a non-halal death !

    Posted 3 years ago by Crishan Veera

    • Hey friend!!! wrong statement lah. Not defending Yemen but supporting SA to fight against Houthis of Yemen. Aiyoo yoo !!! Your happy hours was a bit early lah!!!

      Posted 3 years ago by Lee Lee

  • Malaysia should pull out its armed forces from the conflict lest it gets caught up in a geopolitical conflict which would only favor Saudi's selfish interests. This fight has nothing to do with religion. It's just a pretext for Saudi Arabia to extend its hegemony over the Middle East, punishing and bullying countries like Qatar. and Iran

    Posted 3 years ago by Anthony Long