Jakarta, Januari 24, 2020 - Malaysia and Indonesia expressed confidence in effective implementation of the Trilateral Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines in addressing maritime security threats in the waters of the three countries.

The conviction was expressed at a meeting of Defence Minister, YB Mohamad bin Sabu with his counterpart, His Excellency H. Prabowo Subianto, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia during an official visit on January 24, which also touched on incidents involving five Indonesian fishermen in waters of Tambisan, Sabah.

 YB Mohamad also emphasised on Malaysia’s seriousness and assured Malaysia’s commitment, particularly the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) in securing the area. 

Both ministers agreed to meet with Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the Secretary of National Defence of the Philippines on the sideline of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat in February 2020 to further discuss on ways to enhance the TCA.

The defence tie between Malaysia and Indonesia has seen excellent progress under the ambit of the General Border Committee (GBC) that was established in 1972, especially between the MAF and the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI). The defence relation has also strengthened through sub-regional initiatives namely the Malacca Straits Patrol (MSP) and TCA together with the Philippines.