In light of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 incident, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on April 14 declared that the country needs to upgrade its defence system to enhance its security.

He made the statement after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Global Komited – a subsidiary of the Malaysian Weststar Group – and Thales UK on marketing and distributing ground-based air defence systems, during the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference 2014.

The move was needed because sensitive military radar information was disclosed during the search for the flight MH370, which was reported missing on March 8, he said.

The situation now requires Malaysia to re-examine its needs in the future especially as a responsible member of the ASEAN region, he added.

Regarding the fact that Malaysia will take the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2015, Hussein said a single member cannot cope with all future threats. He called on all member countries of the association to be closer to prevent risks that may affect regional security.-VNA