While the alternative media and including the blogs, is filled with stories relating to the ‘fouled’ purchase of the Eurocopter by the Ministry of Defence; the mainstream media chose to ignore the story, supposedly on grounds that it is too insignificant for the Malaysian taxpayers to have any knowledge of it.
The letter that was written by Capt Zahar Hashim (Retired), that first appeared in Malaysia Today and in several other blogs is stunning, and it lays bear the devious and cunning acts of person(s) in authority and power, to willfully cheat the government merely to satisfy their lust for money. Capt Zahar’s exposure of such devious and cunning acts by Mindef officials is brave, and should serve as a trend setter in our efforts to eradicate corruption at the highest level of government, whoever the person(s) may be.
If the previous allegation that the commission derived from the purchase of the French submarine was RM 500 million (or was it US 500 million), this time around, I suppose the Eurocopter deal would reap a commission exceeding the aforesaid amount. This is certainly good business, and little wonder, the Mindef Officer who was reported have issued the Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase of the Eurocopter was in such a hurry. Who actually is to gain by this hurried deal? Could it be the officer that signed the LOI, or could it be his superiors, or could it be some ministers?
There has already been too much of talk of corruption and dubious practice in the award of contracts by Mindef, and I wish not to dwell too much on this, for it has already become a ‘house-hold’ word among the many contractors that deals with Mindef. I have also been told by some contractor friends of mine that foreigners now gets ‘goose-flesh’ the moment they talk about doing business with Mindef.
And in the festivities and joyous mood surrounding the UMNO elections, nobody seemed to really care about what is happening to the country. 'The economy is doing well', they say, 'and that we have enough reserve to cushion the impact of a financial crunch'.
While Singapore, the most developed country in the region has declared itself to be in recession now, Malaysia on the other hand ‘is assured of the 5% growth and is on track’, say the new Minister of Finance.
Politicians can say anything they wished now, but they ought to remember that it is the people that has the final say.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted at 12.35pm on Oct 15,2008