'Defence Ministry Acquisition of Rapid Intervention Vehicles
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
The reprimand by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail on the acquisition of Rapid Intervention Vehicles (RIVs) at exhorbitant prices highlights the malaise in the Ministry of Defence procurement exercises
Tony Pua

 On Saturday 8 September 2012, the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail asked that “nobody should take advantage of the situation for personal gains when acquiring equipment for the Special Forces,” adding that recently four Rapid Intervention Vehicles (RIV) were purchased for RM2.76mil or RM690,000 eachby the Ministry of Defence
Sultan Ibrahim then displayed one of the RIV vehicles and another personal vehicle that he purchased for RM150,000.
“Which of these will be your choice? I do not understand why government purchases involve exorbitant charges that do not make sense,” Sultan Ibrahim, who is also a Colonel in the Special Forces, was reported to have said.
The above acquisition follows a series of controversial procurement of defence vehicles by the Ministry of Defence that have raised major question marks over whether the tax payers are getting value for their money….'

I received the above attachment in an email that is circulating around. What I posted is only a small part of the article. The original included purchases of helicopters, naval vessels, weapons, etc, etc..
What is interesting is the accompanying comment that our Brompton Bikes were chicken feat compare to the value of these purchases. I dunno if that is something we should be proud of. What is wrong is wrong, and there is no comfort for a pot to calling a kettle black.
This revelation by the Sultan is like the returning of a kindness by the royalties to the govt. The royalties were shamed by the Mahathir govt for similar accusations and now they are reciprocating the niceties to redeem themselves.


Anonymous said...

Shoukd be chicken feed.

Anonymous said...

A transparent and responsible government should welcome all manner of feedback and criticism from the public.
Because these encounters give a good government an opportunity to demonstrate showcase its robust processes.
And win over new voters before the next elections.

Matilah_Singapura said...

I think it is an elaborate hoax.

Corruption in the Malaysian government? Please don't be ridiculous. It is impossible.

Um-Noooo is so inbred that the entire organisation could be considered "family" ;-) And we know there is NEVER any collusion or cheating in families...right?

Also to suggest that ANY government can EVER BE corrupt is inflammatory.

Governments can never be corrupt because governments come from god. (but who cums on god...ah, such are the mysteries of the universe)

Anonymous said...

Good to see that matilah is back! My uncle was in the maritime industry for 40 years, providing special equipment to all the navies in south-east asia, south and east asia and he had dealings with their admirals. he said every single one of them is corrupt. almost always the first thing discussed was what was their take.

Anonymous said...

If taxpayers really have a say in whether anything the Government do is good value for money, there will still be cheating. Human greed is a born trait, pure and simple.

They always want more, more and more, even after they have millions and billions. Have you ever hear a rich man say, he has enough?

Anonymous said...

Believe me he is no angel either

Anonymous said...

When angels fight.

Anonymous said...

Rumor said that he made you eat grass on roadside if you did not give way to his car. Don't know true or not

The said...

/// Brompton Bikes were chicken feat ///

Chicken feed. It would be chicken feat if them chicken can ride them bikes.

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