SHAH ALAM: MMEA was all set to take delivery of its first locally built OPV – PCU Tun Fatimah – at the THHE Fabricators Sdn Bhd at Pulau Indah, Port Klang today (December 14, 2023), but the ceremony was cancelled at the last minute. The media including Malaysian Defence received the invitation for the ceremony around noon on December 13.
However, MMEA informed the media (early this morning) that the handing over ceremony – scheduled to start at 10am – had to be scrub as Home Ministry secretary-general Ruji Ubi – who was to officiate – had to attend an important meeting instead. No new date for the delivery has been fixed.
Honestly, I would have not posted about the cancellation but since Harian Metro had saw fit to publish the handing over ceremony based on the Note to Editor from MMEA, I had to say something. Especially when MMEA posted on it on its X account – the former social media known as Twitter.
Berita lanjut: https://t.co/LMklvbXXxc
— Malaysia Coast Guard (@MYCoastGuard) December 13, 2023
I know NEs are fair game as stories for media but when there have been so many false starts with the OPV project, I decided to wait until the event was finished to write about it.
Anyhow, the decision to attend a meeting instead of the handing over ceremony – reveal the true nature of our leaders and civil servants with the security services and their assets. Tun Fatimah is an important asset for the short-handed MMEA and the quicker the delivery is done, the better it is. A ship which had not been handed over cannot -legally – conduct patrol of Malaysian waters. Perhaps the thinking is that since she is already 18 months late, what is wrong with a few more days?
Anyhow, MMEA is not fault for the delays in OPV1 delivery. It had no say in the decision to award the contract to THHE, it was the government that decided on the shipyard. Even the current government and the civil servants are not fault, really, but their attitude is really something. Honestly, it will be same if the other side is in power.
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