Our military helped Saudi in Yemen war without Cabinet approval, says Liew

Published on 3 Dec 2018 9:27:41 PM

The Cabinet did not approve Ops Yemen 2 that saw the Malaysian Armed Forces being deployed to Saudi Arabia to assist its military operations in Yemen.
Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong said that from June 11, 2015, about 27 officers and 62 rank-and-file troops were deployed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a rotational basis every three months for Ops Yemen 2.
However, the troops were withdrawn following the Pakatan Harapan government's decision on Sept 4 this year.
Liew said in Parliament on Monday in response to a question from Chang Lih Kang (PH-Tanjong Malim) who had asked about the tasks these Malaysian troops performed in Riyadh, and about the number of Malaysians as well as military personnel in Yemen.
Former Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, in a supplementary question, confirmed Liew's claims, adding that the matter was never raised in Cabinet.
Khairy also asked Liew if Malaysia's involvement with the Arab Alliance brought any results as former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the former Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had said that Saudi Arabia would offset the deployment with their own military surplus.
To this, Liew said he was uncertain.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/03/liew-there-was-no-cabinet-approval-for-ops-yemen-2/