Many desktop pundits, opposition politicians as well asBN/ UMNO and ordinary rakyats have vented their opinions when this piece of news was made public. These are natural response, mostly with venoms, cynicism and there are also jokes and unfair comments . This posting is an attempt to present a fair and unbiased opinion of the incident and present the “inside story”.
I am writing to share with readers and followers of my blog the little knowledge and experience I am doing Air Force business. My company specializes in Aviation/Aerial Refuelling. I have been supporting the RMAF for a good number of years. My objective in responding this thread is to give a fair perspective of the state of affair in the RMAF and rebut numerous cynicism, accusations and innuendos that we have seen and read when the news of the loss was made public.
Once upon a time The RMAF procurement and logistics had this reputation of being rotten. Yes, I said once upon a time. When Gen Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin (the present Chief of Defence Force) took office as the Chief of AIRFORCE in 2006 the CLEANING UP PROCESS started. The discovery of the loss of the engine was discovered doing his watch in 2007. As part of the cleaning exercise, more then 15 senior officers were asked to leave or terminated with disgrace from the Airforce or sent to the freezer. The highest ranking was a Brig Gen with a Dato title. There were companies banned and blacklisted from the panel of suppliers for MINDEF.
Credit must be given to Tan Sri Azizan for the resolve to arrest the rot. Credit must also be given to the then Minister of Defence without whose support the initiative to get the culprits, some of whom were UMNO businessman, would not have reached the present day level and exposure.
I must stress that from my personal experience and observation in the last 3 years the efforts have been genuine and not mere whitewashing efforts.
I guess as a recognition of his effort Tan Sri Azizan was promoted to be The Chief of Defence Forces recently. Again without the endorsement of the Prime Minister that would not be possible.
The succession plan that has been put in place in the RMAF seem to have been done to ensure the continued effort on this front. We have seen many initiatives loses steam once there is a change in leadership.
The CLEANING PROCESS is ongoing. Let us give the process the opportunity to follow its due course. I support the initiative as I stand to benefit. Only the good companies will survive the challenges of doing the aviation business in a CLEAN and Fair environment.
I hope that clarifies. Let us be fair and just as God loves those who are fair and just.