I was asked recently this question – how could the RMN allow bloggers Bigdog and Papagoma to set foot inside the submarine during LIMA recently? Was the RMN ignorant of who the two bloggers were, their official status and whether both were officially accredited and sanctioned by the military intelligence to board a naval craft?
I would agree if both were senior government officials who would have taken the oath of secrecy and properly vetted by a government intelligence agency. And what is even worse is that these two unauthorized bloggers were permitted to take photos inside the submarine, when I am fully aware that photographs are prohibited even to be taken inside an RMN installation. Isn’t this the ruling imposed for visitors coming to visit the RNM submarine base in Sempagar Bay, Sabah?
I think there is a serious breach of security here that must be answered by the RMN. I do not know if the two bloggers were sanctioned by the Chief of Navy, and even then I think it is a wrongful decision. I have spoken to some of my navy colleagues (fairly senior ones) that have retired, and they are quite puzzled and certainly not amused.
Certainly, what is done cannot be undone. But the least the RMN can do now is to tell the two bloggers to seal their gap, and not to be too overly excited to claim that they are the first bloggers to board the RMN submarine. I would also suggest that the RMN review its security procedures relating to visit by civilian visitors immediately.
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