Officer and men sacked before engines loss discovered

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 24 (Bernama) — A brigadier-general and several other personnel were sacked before the loss of the two F-5E aircraft engines was discovered.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF)’s public relations office in a statement today said the actions taken were more related to inefficiency and work performance and were normal measures implemented to prevent repetiton of undesirable matters.

“With this statement, the RMAF hopes that quarters will not speculate and make assumptions that are in conflict with the facts to avoid confusion.

“The RMAF is always aware of a asset management and operation system to ensure the preparedness of the RMAF is highest at all times,” the statement said.

On the case regarding the loss of the engines as reported in the media recently, the statement said it was handed over to the police for further investigation.

“The RMAF understands that the case is being studied and awaiting instructions from the Attorney-General for further action,” the statement said.

The statement said as such the RMAF will not make any statement that can disturb investigation and prosecution and hoped all quarters would wait for feedback from the Attorney-General’s Chambers before making any statements.

The RMAF began operating the F-5E in 1974. In 1999, the air force made a decision to terminate the aircraft’s services and its role as a frontline fighter jet was taken over by the MiG-29N and F/A-18D.

However in 2003 the aircraft, then aged 29 years in the RMAF inventory, was re-activated as a training and reconnaisance aircraft to meet current needs.

Original report from BERNAMA

(Red emphasis is mine)

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From the time when NST broke the story on 19th December ’09, Mindef minister AZH has been constantly inconsistent with his press statements.

  • from Africa to Argentina
  • two engines instead of one
  • RM100 million and not RM50 million .. or maybe less due to depreciation
  • police investigations completed and papers are with AG’s office, but thereafter, AG instructs police to get more documents
  • ‘sacked’ brigadier-general became a ‘convenient scapegoat’ when in fact AZH’s Mindef records would have vindicated the BG
  • ‘low ranking’ RMAF personnel albeit with ‘high ranking’ vetting powers were the main culprits
  • promised to take legal action at the international level which clearly shows his naivete in the face of possible sanctions coming from the US
  • why blame bloggers, when, as the principal person in the hot seat with infinite access to all information available on the matter, AZH still got his own facts twisted.

If traitors responsible for the stolen jet engines shall be made to pay a heavy price, pray tell us, what would then be the punishment for AZH’s dereliction of duty to the nation’s citizens and its armed forces?

Get assigned to a desk job?