SHAH ALAM: Back in March, Malaysian Defence reported that the Armed Forces will be buying rubber inflatable boats and seven-tonne trucks for flood rescue operations. Defence Minister DSU Mohamad Hasan said the Cabinet has approved an allocation of RM10 million for the ministry to procure the boats and trucks.
And just two months later, the ministry floated a request for tender/bid for four seven tonne truck. The tender was published on May 12 and closes on June 6, a period of 25 days.
Yes, it is perhaps I am assuming too much that the RFB for the seven-tonners is connected with the Minister’s statement in March. However, the public portion of the tender did mention that the trucks will be used for humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) apart from its normal military role. From Eperolehan:
The truck shall be used to transport general cargo, ammunitions, missiles, rockets, rations, defense stores and other logistic requirement. The truck need to meet the logistic requirement and Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR). This is to meet the contemporary Army Logistic requirement
What about the rubber dinghies and other equipment then as mentioned in the March story then? It is not listed in Eperolehan site when this story goes live. Perhaps, it will be done next week or as I stated that it will be done through variation orders instead of a new tender.
Based on the above, the Defence Ministry can issue a variation order to both companies to purchase another twenty-four RIBs (if they are found suitable for the role) and twenty-four 30hp outboard motors for some RM3 million (leaving RM7 million for the trucks). This will of course shorten the lead time for their deliveries instead of issuing out the tender for the same things.
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It must be noted that both the GGK and 10th Para Brigade already operate flat bottomed rubber dinghies which is more suitable for flood rescue work in urban areas. The V-bottom combat boats operated by the Army are found too bulky for flood rescue in urban areas hence the need for more rubber dinghies.
— Malaysian Defence