How quickly can Singapore take KL if it goes to war with Malaysia?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 12, 2020 05:12 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 12, 2020 05:12 AM

We have wargamed this scenario many times. If it ever came down to open hostilities, it would take less than 6 hours to render Malaysia’s air force and navy inoperative. That means no air cover and no naval artillery support.

It would take less than l2 hours to have an attacking force south of the Klang Valley. Another force will be north as a blocking force to prevent reinforcements from their bases up north.

Most of Malaysia’s better units are across the sea in East Malaysia. With no air superiority, and no extensive heavy lift capability, they might as well be on the Moon. They are out of the fight before a shot is even fired.

Singapore does not need to capture Kuala Lumpur to achieve a strategic victory. We only need to isolate it, and hold certain points to decapitate their chain of command. We absolutely need to hold the reservoir in Johor, and arrest their leaders in Putrajaya, which is undefended.

Mahathir’s previous administration was kind enough to shift their government to Putrajaya, with nice open spaces and no slums to tie up troops in urban combat.

Singapore has between 18 to 24 hours to do this before foreign governments have to officially react. The aim is to force Malaysia to the negotiating table on our terms, not capture and hold.

The key concern is their rocket artillery. Before we launch any attack, we will note their positions first and neutralise them.

Singapore will not declare war. Our doctrine is to act swiftly once certain red lines are crossed. We can always ask forgiveness after we have won.

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