Saturday, June 5, 2010


I had on June 3rd 2010 posted an article titled, ‘Army War Game Simulation System – A Retender Exercise’ in which I had named a local bidding company i.e. Softlabs Technology Sdn Bhd, (hereinafter referred to as ‘the company’), had been awarded the LOI after having been successful in their product presentation to the Tender Board and Penal of Evaluators, against all other competitors. For some unknown reason, the LOI offered to the aforesaid company had to be withdrawn reportedly, because of a protest made against the company, believe to be a competitor.

I was told that even the ACA (now MACC) was called in to carrying out an investigation on the company, supposedly for alleged corrupt practices in the tendering process, only to find that there is no substantive evidence to prosecute the company. Hence, one does sense the malicious intent of the protesting company. This incident occurred in 2008.

I have recently been approached by several people who are in the know about the on goings that resulted in the withdrawal of the LOI from the company, which urged me out of sheer curiously, to further investigate the truth behind the failure to award the company the contract. Having spoken to several people who are closely associated with the project, I now believe that there was an element of sabotage by someone who was not satisfied that the company had won the contract.

I am also convinced that the company has the capacity and know-how to develop an indigenous software and associated system to fully operate and optimize the War Game Simulation System. I fully acknowledge that software development for war game simulation system is a tedious process. However, we are left with no other option, but to develop in-house for reason of security, and I am informed that this is where the strength of the company lies.

I also wish to state that I have erroneously mentioned that the military officer appointed as a member to the recent Tender Board has links to the previous army leadership. I have inadvertently erred in this regards, since the appointment was made by the newly appointed leadership; thus the appointment has no barring whatsoever to the previous leadership.

My revelations above may be construed by some as having ‘dubious hindsight dealings’ with the company, which I vehemently deny. Truth is what I seek, and the truth shall prevail. A compulsive liar is not what I want to be known.

As I have said in some early postings, I claim full responsibility for what I write, but at the same time, I also wish to be corrected if I have erred in facts.

I am glad that many of my friends have come forward to correct the errors of my previous writings, and to those that have been hurt, I extend to them my most humble apology. And as the saying goes…..’to err is human; to forgive is divine’.



abdulhalimshah said...

Dato' Arshad,
It takes much greater courage to admit one's mistake and apologise to the aggrieved party because what you have done is without malicious intent and a genuine mistake is forgievable. Of course the person affected definitely is hurt by the allegations, but in today's world the measure of credibility is whether it is for the greatest good for the greatest number. One can rest be assured that a bitter pill needs to be swallowed in order for the sickness to be cured.

Capt's Longhouse said...

dear dato,

,,,no worries, truth is always RIGHT. Just be truthful and indeed apologise when wrong...and just be oneself.
"the best effects of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence"