Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy, located in the Southeast of the Asian continent. It comprises of thirteen states and three federal territories and shares its land borders with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei, and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

The Malaysian defense industry has been progressing but at a slow pace, specializing in manufacturing of small arms, shipbuilding and explosives. Malaysia's armed forces are predominantly composed of Malays.

Its main defense concerns are Singapore, with its large and highly mechanized army, and more recently, though to a lesser extent, Indonesia. Also important to Malaysia is the growing Chinese influence in the region of the South China Sea. Patrolling east and west Malaysia is a key function of the Malaysian Navy. Given the current economic situation and a possibility of improved relations with Indonesia, the Malaysian military will probably focus on three core strategic goals in the 10th Plan. These goals are likely to be continued modernization, improved domestic defense production capabilities - with a particular view to lowering maintenance costs on already purchased equipment by improving indigenous capacity, and a re-balancing of the forces with a focus on procuring more basic equipment, such as transport planes.

The biggest security threat to the state of Malaysia by far are Wahhabism and Shia Islam and should be kept under close watch to ensure that they do not lead to extremism following Bin Laden's death. The National Security Council (NSC) put a group of clerics on its terror watch list recently for preaching Wahhabism, a puritanical strain of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. Several Shia Muslims have also been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for their beliefs as their teachings could potentially threaten the ethics of Islamic affairs management. Recently, both the Indonesian and Malaysian governments have outlined their desire to see multilateral discussions of traditional security issues. Despite the inherent tensions between Singapore and Malaysia, their inter-connected histories resemble the complex relationship of ‘inseparable twins’.

Bigger requirements of defense are fulfilled by the presence of multinational corporations such as EADS, BAE Systems and Eurocopter. The government has been actively engaging and marketing the Malaysian Defence Industry though exhibitions such as LIMA. The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition is one of the largest defense and civil showcases in the Asia Pacific, regularly attracting the global maritime and aerospace industry to Langkawi. The LIMA show receives overwhelming support from the Government of Malaysia and works closely with the Ministry of Defense and all relevant agencies in providing the foundation for a world class event.

In this industry scenario, Synergyst analyzes the Defense and Security industries in Malaysia. The report covers the following:

• In order to understand the development of the Malaysian defense and security industry, it is important to take a look at the geopolitical situation in the world, particularly in South East Asia. Our research report analyzes the emergence of a new geopolitical situation in the world through a look at the new roles to be played by the United States, China, Japan, the Koreas, India, Russia, Europe, Brazil, Turkey, Iran, the Middle East, and Africa, in the coming years.

• The emergence of new great powers around the world in the face of growing global terrorism is analyzed in the report.

• An analysis of the security market in South East Asia is important in establishing the importance of Malaysia in this industry across this entire region. The geopolitical significance of South East Asia is important as there are many flashpoints in the region that could have an impact on Malaysia.

• In order to examine the defense and security industries in Malaysia, it is necessary to analyze the political landscape in Malaysia, including the major political changes on the horizon.

• Moving on to the analysis of the security industry in Malaysia, we analyze the domestic security situation as well as the external security situation. Furthermore, we analyze the impact of the Malaysian relations with China, Singapore, and Indonesia.

• We carry out a SWOT analysis of the Malaysian Security Market.

• An analysis of Malaysia’s Armed Forces is necessary in order to establish the growing importance of Malaysia in the Asian region in terms of military presence.

• Moving on to an analysis of Malaysia’s defense industry, we analyze the market profile, industry trends, competition in the industry, Malaysia’s arms trade, and procurement of arms in the industry.

• We carry out a SWOT analysis of the Malaysian Defense Industry.

• Outlook for the Malaysia Defense and Security Industry is carried out through a forecast for defense expenditure and defense trade, and a forecast for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

Synergyst ’s report on Defense and Security in Malaysian is a complete profile of this competitive industry in Malaysia.