One is not surprise these days to find that some senior military officers living a luxurious life that far exceeds their monthly salaries. I am told that there is one particular senior officer who is in a position to influence the purchase of a capital equipment in his or his bosses favour, and finds enough cash to buy an expensive home, and flashing a deposit payment that is far in excess of the usual 10% required by the developer to purchase a home.
One cannot hide the fact that if a person is a one star general, his housing loan entitlement is only RM360,000. One can say that he also took a bank loan which is quite likely. But as a one star general, can he afford to pay for two loans, besides having to pay for his car loan (unless he has settled a full payment), the children’s education and other house-hold expenses. One can also say that as a one star general, he may not need a personal car because he is provided a service car that he could drive home with it and use it at his leisure. Of course, he has to pay for the fuel at nominal rates if the car is not used in an official capacity.
Some had just called in to say that this particular one star general had his hands deep in influencing the acquisition of the Vera-E Passive Air Defence sensor that I had written several days earlier. It is believed that this particular senior had justified (or was it on the instructions of his superior) that the Czech Republic manufactured Vera-E Passive Defence sensor is the only system that has a full 3D location capability to detect an approaching airborne target; whereas there is a similar system i.e. Kolchuga manufactured in the Ukrine. If this is true, we then have a compulsive liar in the person of a one star general, and liars are damn from being a member of the nation’s noble armed forces; just like 'corruptors' that have line their pockets will ill-gotten money.
There are also some favoured companies dealing in the supply of defence equipments that have in their employment retired military officers that double as proxies to serving military officers to facilitate the constant flow of defence contracts to the favoured companies. I do not wish to name the companies here as it is well known among the military and civilian circles, and where even some family members have been known to be employed by the companies. There is no hiding the facts, and it does not need the MACC to track the money trail to understand how such companies operates in cohorts with the powers that be. There is an entire web of people (military/civilian staffs/corporate figures) that are involved to cheat and rob the government off its coffer.
There have also been talks that some senior officers (military/civilian) having been made rich have now become bold and arrogant, as to have excess cash kept neatly in money clips, and showing them off to their partners after a round of golf. The bet is no longer single digit, and I am told it can go as much as 2/3 digit of zero per hole. Just imagine, if one is to lose all 18 holes, the accumulative lost could be in the hundreds and thousands. Can someone tell me in all honesty that senior military/civilian officers can really afford such a loss, or dare place a bet for such kind of money? My answer is yes, if only they are thieves and corruptors.
Just as I am about to sign off this article, I received an sms that says a recently retired one star general from the RMAF had purchased a house in Taman Perwira, Ampang; had the house demolished and a new exceedingly large house build. I do not know who this retired general is but simple arithmetic says that the costs to acquire the house, demolished and rebuild a new house in a posh area like Taman Perwira, Ampang could easily surpass a million. Now, how the hell can this person afford that kind of money is everyone’s guess, unless he had saved his salary in full for the last 10 years.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION