PETALING JAYA: The Japanese government will be providing two large second-hand patrol vessels to Malaysia, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported yesterday.
Quoting sources in its government, the daily said the gift was to help Malaysia enhance maritime security capabilities in the South China Sea.
“With the provision of the two 90-meter-long vessels, the government aims to put a brake on China’s continuing unilateral maritime advances,” the source was quoted as saying.
It was reported previously that the Malaysian naval authorities had asked the Japanese government for the patrol vessels, which are highly capable of navigating in bad weather.
The two vessels were previously used by the Japan Coast Guard, and Tokyo will give them to Malaysia next year after repairs are carried out on them.
Last month, Japan had presented two similar patrol vessels to the Philippines.
The move by the Japanese government is to counter the threat by China in the South China Sea which is building artificial islands, and occupying existing islands, and turning them into military bases.
According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan actively helps coastal countries in the South China Sea to strengthen their maritime security capabilities in order to put a brake on China’s moves.