'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
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.