What Goes Around…

Armstrong Marine 15 meter landing craft. Armstrong Marine

SHAH ALAM: What Goes Around. It has been widely reported today that an aide to the former Defence Minister has been arrested and remanded by the MACC into allegations of bribery over a maintenance contract worth some RM56 million. The aide was remanded for six days starting yesterday. PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim on his social media channel yesterday also claimed that a high ranking military officer was also detained by MACC.

The officer was detained earlier this week together with an owner of the company that got the maintenance contract, in mid-2019. It is unclear whether the duo were also remanded though I was told that the trio were arrested over the same contract. The contract was directly negotiated, the local media has reported.

TPS-77 Air Surveillance Radar – Transportable version of the FPS-117, the radar can be configured for C-130, C-17, truck, rail or helicopter transport. Used for illustration only

It must be noted that the aide was with the Defence Ministry when the MACC investigated the deals over the MD503G and Gempita spare parts contracts.

Of course, the authorities have yet to prove the allegations and the case could go nowhere like the ones mentioned above but the latest allegation is looking more noteworthy with the arrests of the high ranking officer and the company owner. AFAIK no high ranking military officers were detained to assist in investigations in the helicopter and spare parts deals.

Armstrong Marine 15 meter landing craft. Armstrong Marine. USed for illustration only

I am of the opinion that the MACC has the right to investigate any contract but as a rule once it is concluded, especially, when they could not proceed further, the companies should not be penalised for it.

— Malaysian Defence

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5 Comments

  1. seem to remember a lot of investigation about defense related by previous govt. anything pan out??

    i seem to remember the AV8 and adnan spare part bribe investigation by MACC been bring to court. anything else?

    Reply
    No lah the Gempita and Adnan only remanded but not changed

  2. “What Goes Around…”
    More like Harapkan Pagar, Pagar Makan Padi.
    Or The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same.

  3. @ marhalim

    On the AV8. I have heard that all 257 AV8 already completed. Why there is no official announcement on this? Is it because of similar case to the NGPC, completed but not yet full paid for?

    Reply
    I am trying to find out

  4. https://youtu.be/rPWy-gYnQKM

    Hornet vs Flanker video by Gonky is up in youtube!!

    – The Flanker pilot did a 180 degree airshow turn in the dogfight
    – Gonky showed his 3 victories over the Flanker in BFM dogfight
    – He said that he also had lost to the Flankers at some point
    – He also said he did engage the Flankers in BVR, WVR & BFM at some point
    – He things that fighting our Flankers probably is the toughest one he had other than fighting F22 Raptors.
    – He did also emphasised that in the end, pilots skills will determine the engagement regardless of any aircraft used.

  5. Things like this (if it was indeed true) will definitely hurt the army chance of of securing more funds in the future. Even with limited funds, it was still riddled with corruption. Not a good look imo.

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