On October 21st the first national work group meeting (NWG) in Malaysia took place virtually. It was attended by 15 participants under leadership of REFSA and DCAF, representing think tanks and research institutions, academia, and international organisations.
The meeting provided a platform to discuss the state of security sector reform in Malaysia at length, including current security challenges (both systemic and operational), ongoing policy efforts, oversight mechanisms, civil-military relations, inter-agency cooperation, and the wellbeing of security personnel. It concluded with a number of ideas on the way forward, including exploring police reform, strengthening civilian oversight (e.g. by parliament), building an ombudsman system, and initiating a debate on defence budgets and military appointments.
REFSA wrote in more detail about the meeting here: https://refsa.org/dcaf-refsa-discuss-8-roundtable-consultation/.