Joint Air Patrol involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to tackle terrorism
SUBANG JAYA, Malaysia (Sin Chew Daily / ANN) - Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines launch joint air patrol Trilateral Air Patrol to tackle rise of terrorism in the region
Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines launch Trilateral Air Patrol (TAP) today to tackle terrorism in the region in a collective effort.Three defence ministers also confirmed that TAP would continue until the region is declared safe. These three countries also launched joint maritime patrol, also involving these three countries, four months ago.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the joint action is to show the world the commitment in tackling terrorism threat.He said each country would take turn to lead the joint patrol each month. The Malaysian air force would take the lead in November, followed by Philippines in December and Indonesia in January.
Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said the three countries welcome participation of other ASEAN countries. However, discussion would be held among ASEAN countries prior to joining force.“We will discuss the matter in the ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting this month.”
He revealed that China, United States and Australia have written to him for similar requests. However, he is of the view that ASEAN has its capabilities to handle regional safety without having to rely on external forces. The 600 million population in ASEAN has the joint military power of 2.5million.
On whether TAP means the three countries would open up air space respectively, Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana said the three countries would arrange for co-ordination.
Hishammuddin said three countries would implement joint operation through discussion and this depended on trust among the three countries.
“We should not adopt a negative approach to view the matter as we have a greater enemy to handle. Terrorism threat is not to be faced by one country alone. I believe with the mutual trusts that the three countries have, all operation should not be difficult.”Those who attended the event included Armed Forces Chief Gen Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor, Indonesian Armed Forces commander General Gatot Nurmantyo and Philippine Army General Eduardo Ano.