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Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu inspecting a guard of honour comprising three officers and 103 personnel from the Royal Malay Regiment First Battalion, led by Major Juniusabdiah Shah Putra Janny. - NSTP/Zunnur Al Shafiq

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-minted Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has apologised for not pausing during the ceremonial Guard of Honour inspection held at Wisma Pertahanan this morning.

Mohamad, or Mat Sabu as he is more commonly known as, said he took note of the matter as per the briefing given to him, however admitted it was a mistake on his part.

"Since today is my first day at the Defence Ministry, I am still in the process of understanding military protocols," he said in a statement.

"Insya Allah I will try to do my best for the Defence Ministry and the Malaysian Armed Forces, as a whole," he added.

Mohamad arrived at Wisma Pertahanan at 9.30am to begin his first day as Defence Minister.

He inspected a guard of honour comprising three officers and 103 personnel from the Royal Malay Regiment First Battalion, led by Major Juniusabdiah Shah Putra Janny.

Also present were Armed Forces Chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor , Defence Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi, and other senior ministry officers.

Mohamad earlier said he will be briefed on the ministry’s operations and administration in his first week.

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