“但更重要的是，马来西亚是一个海洋国家。我们购置两艘潜艇用来满足在Ambalat海域或南沙群岛海域的国家需要，这一点也不值得奇怪。”Seri Syed Hamid Albar回答Md Alwi Che Ahmad说。
在被Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed问及马来西亚政府关于中国海军的军力增加的观点时，Syed Hamid说这不应该被看作是对区域水域的威胁。
Submarines Will Ensure Maritime Security - Syed Hamid
KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 (Bernama) -- The Dewan Rakyat was told today that Malaysia bought two Scorpene submarines to ensure the regional maritime area is safe and passable by merchant ships.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said if Malaysia wanted to play a role at the regional level, surely the country's national defence should be strong to face any eventualities.
"But what's important is that Malaysia is already known as a maritime country. It's not strange for us to have two submarines that meet our country's requirement whether in the Ambalat Oceon or in Spratly," he said in reply to Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad (BN-Ketereh).
Md Alwi wanted to know whether Malaysia's purchase of the two submarines would be seen as an arms race by the neighbouring countries that have staked overlapping claims in whole or in part over the Spratly Islands and Ambalat Sea.
The 1.04 billion Euro (about RM3.4 billion) purchase of the two Scorpene submarines was signed in June 2002 between Malaysia and two shipbuilders from France and Spain, DCN and Navantia.
Replying to Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (BN-Pulai) who wanted to know the government's views on the enhanced strength of the Chinese navy, Syed Hamid said it should not be seen as an action that could threaten regional waters.
"What's important is we want countries with strengths and joint responsibilities towards the stability and safety of trade, to cooperate with the maritime countries to ensure the security of our regional waters," he said.
He said Malaysia viewed the enhanced capabilities of the Chinese navy as in line with the country's economic development.
"We have to see the strengthening of the Chinese navy in the form of modernisation as the result of the country's wish to merely look after its interests and not with an expansionist intent," he said.