Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, said he accepts criticism from the former Prime Minister, the former Defence Minister and the former Youth and Sports Ministers.
Mat Sabu came under fire recently over his revelations that the Malaysian military has fallen behind the armed forces of some neighbouring countries.
In replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (PH-Port Dickson) in the Dewan Rakyat, Mohamad said 14 of the country’s 18 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKM jet fighters had been grounded due to high maintenance costs.
He added that he was committed to “making Malaysia great again”, drawing cheers from the floor.
However, his comment on the capabilities of Malaysia’s armed forces drew a response from Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin, who tweeted: “You can blame BN all you want, but please don’t undermine our armed forces publicly like this.”
This was then followed by a response from Mat Sabu’s press secretary Amin Iskandar saying that he did not mean the military was weaker than those of other nations in the region.
“The military is always prepared and is able to defend the sovereignty of the country from any invasion or threat. However, there is a need for the military to strengthen its assets so that they are on par with technological advancements and current needs,” Amin said.