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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ladies and gentlemen, and the award goes to.....

The theft of not one, but TWO F5-E fighter jet engines from the Royal Malaysian Air Farce, eh sorry, Air Force,  perhaps aptly defines the year 2009 as far as Malaysia (1 or otherwise) is concerned.

The absurdity of it all. And not to mention the audacity of it all. And as if to further add sodium chloride to the wide gaping wounds that all of us, Malaysians, suffer every time our so called leaders forget to take their medications, we are told that so and so have been sacked or told to leave their job, some even earning pensions and whatever.

First it was some plastic explosives being taken out from the storage to blow to smithereens some poor woman from far away lands, whose entry into Malaysia was erased from record. Just like that. As if C4 explosives from the people who are supposed to protect our country are just some cheap chewing gum which could be taken by anybody, at any time, for whatever reason. As if Immigration records are notations made on some scrap book which could be altered, amended or erased by anybody, at any time and for whatever reason.

And nobody even shake their butt to do anything. No report. No investigation. No blinking nothing. Just like that.

At the same time, the public has to endure living in fear of crimes. We have to keep even our rubbish bins in locks and chains. Our drainage cover has to be welded lest it will be stolen in bright day light. Our roads and lanes have instant holes as the sewage covers are stolen. The women can't even walk on the side of our roads for fear of being dragged to their death by handbag snatchers.

Nowhere is safe. Not even in the police lock-ups, as Kugan found out the hard way. Not at the MACC office either, if reports of torture and even death are to be believed.

Meanwhile, those upon whom are entrusted the duty to protect us are busy tracing individuals like Raja Petra Kamarudin, who apparently had so insulted Islam that he was, and still is, deemed to be a threat to national security. Even then, with all the might and powers of the State behind them, they are not able to trace him!

If RPK had insulted Islam, what about those who had walked after Friday prayers with bloodied and severed cow head with the policemen standing by the side doing nothing for fear of "making the situation worse"? Haven't they insulted Islam? What about those who said non-Malays are second class citizens? And those who wrote that the Kelings are so lucky to be in Malaysia that they should just shut up and count their blessings? Oh well, they are given a pat on their shoulder because the newspaper they wrote for is the "voice of the people".

And at the same time, billions are squandered, pillaged and stolen. PKFZ have become really dirty alphabets. And what do we all get? Yes. We get engineers, architects and some minions charged for falsifying claims and the likes. Now, the questions are, were all those false claims paid? If so, why? And who are the beneficiaries of those payments? Who authorised those payments? Aren't they guilty of something too?

Elsewhere we are the masters of sloganeering and self-glorification. We shout and scream 1 Malaysia at every possible instant and opportunity. Why? Even our mandatory "salam" has been reviewed to "Salam Satu Malaysia".

We have become, or been reduced to, a society which is shallow. Which is no deeper than our skin and the colour of it. We are obsessed with some drama actress becoming the second wife of  a Member of Parliament who ironically declared that women "leaked" once a month. Never mind the FDIs. Never mind the proposed GST. Never mind the Copenhagen Conference failing to reach any kind of tangible consensus on climate control.

Never mind. Because we are a society who love celebrities and their weddings. And divorce too.

An old Professor of mine remarked something profound to me over tea some months ago. After leaving Malaysia for Japan for so many years, he observed that Japan had gone through a period of extreme physical and material transformations. Coming back to Malaysia briefly after some years, he also noted that Malaysia had achieved so much physical and material transformations, just like Japan.

But there is one marked difference. Japan and her people have not seen their values and honour change. Their values and old aged honour are still part of their society. They  still know their responsibilities. Their duty to account. They still possess a deep sense of honour. And all that despite their physical and material achievements.

Malaysia and her people, according to him, have lost their sense of honour. We have changed our values. We are now measured not by our honesty, honour and sense of responsibility. We are now measured by the location of our house and mansions; by the Cayennes, X6 and whatever road going behemoth  that we drive; by how much  power we could wield to bend the rules and laws in our favour;  by how much favour we could call our friends in high places to do us. And of course by the trophy wives and girl friends (and vice versa) who are seen beside us with the obligatory gold and diamond crusted watch, LV handbag and Blahnik shoes.

Because that is what we are now. How we acquire those material possessions is not important. The question is what we do possess.

We are a society which is almost bereft of any spiritual and moral guidance. As if whatever is fair is foul and foul is fair. As if the very fabric of our existent has changed. And for worse, that is.

It is little wonder that two whole jet engines could be stolen from our royal air force. It is a right royal embarrassment, by any count. But what do we care? They are old engines. We could buy thousands more. We have the money. We have oils and gas which we plunder from some states without compensation. And the persons whom we think are responsible for this shameful, dastardly and treasonous act have left.

Never mind any criminal offence which have quite obviously been committed by these people. They have after all been punished by being told to quietly leave. That was what we did to Ahmad Ismail, remember? And Isa Samad, remember? We dealt with them internally. They have served their sentence. And they, as everybody else, deserve a second, or even a third, chance. Why? Even Anwar Ibrahim, a convicted criminal, is now a Member of Parliament.

And so we are told that we do have a full-proof system which would ensure these kind of things do not happen. But is this system fool-proof? Because if it is not, then there will always be some fools who can't even operate within a  full-proof system. That is quite obvious.

And so we are told that there will not be a cover up. Yes, we, the people expect that there will be no cover up. But of course what constitute a "cover-up" is subject to interpretation, isn't it? Like "we will not discuss it ever ever because the matter concerns national security". Is that a cover up? Or "we cannot charge them because matters concerning national security should not be discussed in open Courts". Is that a cover-up? Or "we can only charge them behind closed doors because the matter concerns national security". Is that a cover-up?

And we are left to wonder how it all happen. And why did it take a full year before the whole magical act was discovered by our ever vigilant military who is supposed to protect our nation from rogues countries, evil terrorists, Islam-insulting individuals scum of the Earth and hell and Ketuanan Melayu evil objectors who really should just go back to wherever they came from (never mind the fact that these people were born in this country). And quite why it takes another full year before this event is made known to all of us, the stupid, gullible and irrelevant stakeholders of the military? Well, never mind. We will tell you what we think is relevant. And at the most opportune moment as deemed by us.

Would it be a severe case of paranoia if we, the people, start to wonder what else has been stolen from our military? Like our defence strategy? Or tactical blueprint? After all, these are sensitive and highly protected secrets (or supposed to be). Remember what they said in Parliament when questions were raised as to why there was no open tender for the submarines that we bought? It was said that open tenders should not be called because that will expose our national security matters unnecessarily.

Oh well, why must we worry. We still have our submarines.

 

51 comments:

rob said...

Art

Well put. just to double up on the sodium chloride, i understand that it is now 2 engine. hmmm ... of course, if only one engine then the plane would not fly straight would it?

wait a minute ... maybe just maybe the airmen cannibalise the parts for other f5e. maybe use them for migs. errr what am i saying? then again given our level of education these days it would not be surprising if that is the case then to find out it would not fit and sold it to the old newspaper person or 'besi karat'.

ah maybe maybe it is part of the work of the 'manhole' syndicate? remember when prices of certain metals were high, manhole, phone wires, etc were stolen?

hmmm... definitely food for thought.

your article made me to head towards my shelves and fish out "the ugly malays" which i read half way. don't mean to point to one particular race but you have to admit that the problem lies somewhere within malay politics NOT the race. you know what i mean. too many jw green last night lah ...

have a good year in 2010, blessings and good health to you and your loved ones ...

hmmm ... any chance of snowflakes in 1malaysia? boleh ...malaysia boleh ...errr .. that was last year flavour.

Safaju said...

And yet, we still keep on pursuing ISO on every single thing

Anonymous said...

billions & billions terhilang .... sigh !
Incometax dept sent me a letter : '
anda tak layak membayar cukai ....'
my pendapantan sikit saja & duit tak cukup la .....@#$%^&* !

muzikri said...

im sory for my country,

its up to us la to do something bout all these,

seriously,
we need serious change, not rhetoric of change,

Anonymous said...

Maybe the sub's engines are also missing.....

Kris said...

2 jet engines stolen from a military? Why does that sound so 'banana republic'...?

As if we weren't already a laughing stock...

womens shoes said...

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masterwordsmith said...

Brilliant post that powerfully summarizes the glorious achievements of the current regime for the reflections of all and sundry as the year draws to a close.

M. Night Shyamalan achieved fame with his The Sixth Sense and its tagline of I see dead people. We see defiled worms of the vilest sort writhing happily in their mire and rotting compost of greed, insidious plans and malevolent plots of deceit to rob and plunder us.

Ah well...some may say all these are frivolous issues but then again...

Er...are the submarines really still there?

Another case for Mulder and Scully?

· 康华 · said...

it's sad to read all these, what's this country become?

Anonymous said...

I'm from Sabah..the submarine base is located very near the container port and also oil depots..all Malaysia's enemies need to do is bomb the oil depot and submarine base..conveniently located so near each other..and you pretty much strike out any defence capabilities the submarine offers.... just an extra since u mentioned submarines hehe

ygbenor said...

Thank you Art, the above article summarises the state of our nation: A rich nation with its culture, people and wealth squandered by the few in power and position leaving the rest of the people to peanuts.I really wish the people will wake up and start a revolution of mind and dispose the corrupt , the gullibles and the extremes racialists of some.

Nobody said...

A very good summary of the "happenings" in Malaysia! In a land where everything and anything can (boleh), they have happened, are happening and will continue to happen. 2012 can happen to this country...

kuldeep said...

Recently,someone very close to me was a victim of a smash and grab;she was parking her car when the side window was smashed and her handbag "grabbed"...it was in broad daylight (high noon)..in a residential area and on a stretch of road that fronts onto a major road artery i.e very open and public place.

On to the police report whereby the officer on duty had the cheek to almost imply thats its all very normal..and nothing to get upset about and to count your blessings that there are no injuries.And even with the wonderful gadgetry of PCs and fancy printers,it took 3 hours to run through the "police report" process.

Now,I am more conscious that one never sees police patrolling the streets..and you only see their presence when there are roadblocks or when they're "summoning" road users.You can spend hours in Makbul in TTDI without seeing any cops on the roads except those having prolonged teh tarik breaks.
We have a lot of cops but most are escorting and looking after VIPs.

We spend billions on arming our defence..protecting our country from external enemies BUT within the country its all chaos and criminals run free.There is no more safe havens unless ur a VIP..then the IGP will be rushing to be by your side if your Porsche gets even a scratch.

And Jala's lab solution>>bring in the RELA guys..bring in the volunteers...pure nonsense when the current resources are in the first instance badly deployed.

Or lets go BIG CAPEX..gets them to salivate..instal CCTVs,buy helicopters,build more police stations,have mobile police stations,throw in 100 big bikes,get horses from argentina..now>>thats the real solution.

No more sincerity,no more honesty and no more integrity.

MAS lost billions..and the guy who was managing gets to be Minister...MayBank lost billions and the CEO is entrusted to create the New Economic Model.

I Malaysia help us please,

telur dua said...

Thank God we are not a Nuclear Power. Imagine in whose hands some missing nuclear warheads will end up.

donplaypuks® said...
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donplaypuks® said...

"Zahid also reiterated his belief that the RMAF's logistics system was foolproof. “I stress that the record and inventory system of all national services is satisfactory including the Royal Malaysian Air Force.". MI.

Heh, heh, heh! Tak mahu kalah!

Bro, the PM has been quoted as saying a police report was made. Anyone seen a copy of it? I bet that has "gone missing" too!!!

This is RM50 million gone kaput and they have haven't moved much in 2 years. But Teoh Boon Hock and Selangor MB Khalid were investigated for RM 2,4000 and some cars and cows with indecent haste when there was no case to answer.

If we need more proof that the Police and MACC are no longer independent, we need go no further. Ditto for a government of thieves!!

dpp
We are all of 1 race, the Human Race

telur dua said...

This is Ketuanan Lanun Abad 21.

Anonymous said...

In Malaysia, when UMNO/BN government says there will be no cover up, you are expected to believe there will certainly be cover up. Period

Aidy said...

A great post and thanks for telling it like it is.

Sad to say that our society just don't know what "doin the right thing" means and until then we will always be a third world country or even worst.

Anonymous said...

Talking about honour between the Japanese and our politicians, police, macc, army and judiciary I better not comment or I will threatening national security.
I wish they will harakiri themselves, but will they.

Anonymous said...

fullproof = foolproof ?

CK said...

artie...

you sure the submarine still there?
it's submerged in the water anyway....who knows?

Anonymous said...

David Copperfield couldn't have done better than our "1Malaysia" Najis Copperfield cum Houdini. Under his leadership a lot of strange incidences had taken place. The most chilling was the C4 of a Mongolian beauty where the perpetrators involved disappeared under the nose of Bolehland's justice and law enforcement apparatus. Next, was the murder of TBH under the roof of the MACC and the tortuous attempts to assign the death of TBH as suicide. And finally the disappearance of a jet engine under the watchful eyes of the TUDM.

This feat must have made David Copperfield full of envy and despair. Soon "1Malaysia" will export this skill to the whole world and proudly announce Bolehland as the centre of excellence in hijacking and thievery.

jokersland said...

Thanks Art for the humarous well written and entertening article. It's really a jokes till these day there are still a lot in self-denial mode.

son of goddess said...

What to do we have clown ministers running the country. Perhaps we should appoint Ronal Mc Donald as our Prime Minster then. Better then some crimanal stupid moron

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amethyst213 said...

"we still have our submarines"

hopefully they are not stolen and ended up in a desert..

k89 said...

An excellent and objective summary on what is ailing our beloved Negara!

When the huge commissions on the Defence purchases paid to dubious middle-men were openly justified by the super-efficient government and Minister of Defence, what do you think runs through the minds of the armed forces personnel?

They also look down upon their boots and the uniforms that they get to wear, as well as the rations that they get to eat and know that these are sub-standard products obtained at super duper prices approved by a Tenders Board that was watched over and ‘advised’ by none other than the Ministers wife sitting in the next room. This is what the soldiers talk about in their canteen under the tree.

Bereft of any morality and ethics, thanks to the BTN, the personnel are more than likely to want a share of the pie too. The stolen jets may only one such loss. As the General openly stated - this is only the tip of the iceberg.

The current trends in government also worry me. There is a demi-god (yes, we have two for the price of one) who is not an elected Member of Parliament who goes around the country and the world dispensing advice freely to Ministries and Departments and NGOs that get money from government (people in Malaysia take these advice as nothing less than an order), makes policies, establish new programmes and even allocates government funds. The Prime Minister is ever so happy and proud that the Malaysians are blessed with the benevolence of this god given creature. In the presence of this demi-god even Ministers bow down so low that their heads touch the feet of this demi-god. Even our DYMM Agung does not get such patriotic and loyal reverence. This demi-god does not have any accountability or responsibility to Parliament. We have not seen any previous Prime Minister’s wife delve in government programmes with such audacity. They were quite happy controlling Bakti. Notwithstanding all these, we were told by our free and uncontrolled media that this demi-god, in her quest for power, did not even care for her own children. We also have been informed about the Carpet Man and huge sums of money illegally remitted to Dubai through the hawala system. Of course, the allegation that the demi-god was present when Alantuya was blown-up has been blissfully ignored.

The litany of problems, grievances, mismanagement and bad governance that the Rakyat of this beloved country are exposed to and the omni-presence of this demi-god is something that we need to ponder on as we move to GE 13. Friends in parties tell me that we might not even have a GE 13 if this demi-god has her way. And it seems she is now eyeing the post of Deputy UMNO President so that everything remains in the family!

Anonymous said...

"PKFZ have become really dirty alphabets"

art, "pkfz" are letters of the alphabet.

huh! gotcha! :-)

4RAKYAT

Anonymous said...

lamalama pun bukit di curi !

Anonymous said...

Has anybody asked, why the cost of a single missing General Electric J85 jet engine has been reported as RM 50 million, when the cost of an entire F5 jet fighter plane is only US2.1 million aka RM 7 million? (We are currently missing 2 engines and counting)

Anonymous said...

The question people should be asking is what Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has to gain from releasing detail after detail of this theft? Najib was defense minister when this theft occurred.- Go Malaysia Go!

Anonymous said...

Again its sticks and stones.... Truth does not matter to persons empty of morality and conscience. Billions to create a self -deluding supreme race only to be mired in a culture of regressing mediocrity...
We do not need to identify traitors in this country...

smokinlala2002 said...

Dudes,
Distress Call...Live Coverage...
The news :-
Our submarine is sinking fast. The engines have gone missing. Suspected, the engines got stolen.

Opps. Both engine got stolen under the sea water level.

Anonymous said...

all these reasons above, plus more, is exactly why im giving myself a 3 year time frame to packup and settle what i need, and then get lost from here.

Its just so demoralising. For the sake of my future children, its about time to split.

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Anonymous said...

cuti...oops, curi curi curi 1malaysia !

1santaclause said...

1 Art
All i want for Malaysia is my two jet engines back.
Thanks a lot for giving us a seriously hilarious year'Ours blog of the year 2009.Keep coming !

Anonymous said...

Art,

great piece. I've always wondered why no one questioned how C4 could be taken out of an armory without any controls. Was there an inquiry into this?

Also, RM50m for F5e engines are a bit too much i reckon.

Anonymous said...

has anybody lost 2 precious balls !?

Anonymous said...

I suspect this piece of news did not surface by accident. The agency of US of A is probably behind it. The Americans has a habit of tracking the movement of military hardware all around the globe. Remember the latest episode of the Russian transport aircraft with military hardware caught at a Bangkok Airport?

I am sure they are alarmed (and they should be) to detect their technology ending up in some Middle Eastern country who is under their sanction.

Seeing that the Malaysian government is not doing anything about it , they must have seen it fit to reveal it.

This whole episode must have been sanctioned by the Defense Minister himself. Otherwise how do you get to "steal",transport and export it, with all the parts documents, without an OK from someone high ranking. Notice how they are trying to put a spin to it by saying the some Sergeant and below is involved.They are trying to cover their asses.

Perhaps someone out there should check to see if the jet fighters itself are still around. They could have been crated and shipped out together with the engine without anybody realising it, since the Air Force is quite happy playing with the latest toy, the Sukhoi's.

donplaypuks® said...

Bro

MI now reports that it's actually RM100 million for the 2 stolen jet engines!! Also, 1 of the engines was shipped off to Iran in contravention of UN sanctions.

So, what's the true version of cost and events - MI's or the PR version of APCO spindoctoring and the Govt's?

In 2003 our Scomi Plc (through its subsidiary company) was involved in manufacturing centrifuges for Libya/Iran's nuclear programme also in contravention of UN sanctions.

Has the UMNO led Govt become the unsuspecting mules for exporting high tech defence secrets to Iran in contravention of UN sanctions and USA procurement terms and conditions for 30 pieces of silver?

Even more incredible is the statement by our PM Najib that 2 years after the TREASONOUS theft they are still investigating!!

Wtf is happening to our country?

dpp
We are all of 1 race, the Human Race

LAT said...

I believe our PM must be wondering why all things can be made disappearing so very easily but not the one sleeping beside him.

Anonymous said...

Art Harun,

Before we have TV we used to listen to radio commentators shouting goal...goal... whenever Mokhtar Zahari, Santokh Singh and Soh Chin Aun working as a team for the glory of the nation.

Now we have Art Harun commenting live while the 1Malaysia team, playing "screwing the stupid voters" live on daily basis.

Elsewhere in remote villages farmers are busy climbing coconut trees taking over the monopoly of monkeys. In their mind eyes, the pulut kuning must be ready for the coming visit of their new YB being the greatest son of Tok Det kita. They had slaughtered all the kerbau for human brain transplant.

This is Malaysia after 52 year of Merdeka. Human are replacing lembu, kerbau and monkeys.
Only dogs managed to survived because a single bitch can withstand multiple penetrations.
Merdeka...

PahNur said...

"Malaysia and her people, according to him, have lost their sense of honour. We have changed our values. We are now measured not by our honesty, honour and sense of responsibility. We are now measured by the location of our house and mansions; by the Cayennes, X6 and whatever road going behemoth that we drive; .........."

SPOT ON!!!!!!!!! This paragraphs summarizes the problem with us!!

Anonymous said...

I think looking ahead we can wonder what have we achieved ? Yes material gain and false self achievement and if you compare with the Japanese we are far behind in terms of the human side. They too have big scale corruption , idiots who talk like drunks and call themself politician , corrupt politition , garden variety murder and scandle but one thing they have which we are much lacking is dignity and honour. Why ? they are like you and me normal as can be with all features attached and we are of the same human breed ? how come they are so sucessful and we are in this shit hold? Are we proud of ourself I dont think so as what we are lacking we have aplenty such as Greed , no human sense like respect for your fellow human being and shame. MCA big guns fighting in public just to sit at the big chair for what ? self interest of course it is our right spoken with no shame and they claim to represent its community. Ask any big cooporate figure how is your company performing he would tell you very well we made billions but in the EGM he would sing a different tune - no lah we are not making any money you all have to do with no increment , bonus see lah and he ask you for more , MORE I can justified, more as this is a business anything less is call not making money lah , ya how to change to new model Mercedes but the workers live on peanuts and there are very proud of their achievements.Sounds familer , people live with peanuts and we call our self progressive , vision 2020 , moving into a new decade and so on. See Greed it is a national culture it is thaught in University of everyday liveing it is tolorated in fact it is all right to be greedy who cares if the rest is suffering and take some discrimination on the way it' s not me suffering its the Malaysian Way. Want some "self gratifying I dont care attitute type of lesson" go to Taipan in USJ you can experience it. There you will be taught a lesson on "I dont care " attitute , careing for others, respect and honour has no meaning as those people who is doing those kind of shit has no brains but they claim to be highly educated and upscale people and now equate them with what our country is dishing out any similarities you judge for yourself.

Glam said...

I love that article about the dalylight robbery at our Royal Air Farce - only you can write with such wit and such honesty. if you have the inclination, do also read the article on the same subject at helpvictor.blogspot.com under Malaysia Boleh 1 in my December 09 postings.
Keep writing and May God Bless Us All

Ron Jerem Lee said...

cant agree more. well said.

Garfield said...

love all your pieces...truly a gifted writer..eagerly awaiting your next piece....

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