PETALING JAYA, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines today launched the Trilateral Air Patrol (TAP) operations over Sulu Seas to tackle cross-border crime issues including terrorist threats and kidnappings.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the joint initiative was aimed at countering the movement of violent extremists and terrorists across borders of the three nations.
"What is most concerning is the activation of this maritime domain by terrorist organisations as a base of operations.
"The extensive nature of the effects inflicted by these threats has made it clear that it should not be addressed by one country alone. It requires regional cooperation among like-minded countries," he said at the launch of the TAP, at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Base in Subang, here today.
Also present were Minister of Defence for Indonesia General (Rtd) Ryamizard Ryacudu and Secretary of National Defence for the Philippines, Delfin Lorenzana.....