Sakmongkol has written an article on our purchase of the Sukhoi-SU 30MKI or SU 30MKM. Please read Sukhois and our air supremacy
It has attracted an answer from one Mr Shaftec, whom sakmongkol suspects is either from MINDEF or DPM’s staff.
Sakmongkol has asked his permission to reproduce his answer. But sakmongkol has not received any news from him. Sakmongkol wants to give his rejoinder nonetheless.
The relevant answer from Mr Shaftec was contained in the first few passages only. It is an attempt to justify why
As they say, hindsight is a 2020. after the fact, everyone gets wiser. We can cook up any grandfather stories to justify why we did the thing we did.
As to the voluminous technical explanation given, well Sakmongkol thinks this can easily be downloaded from the internet. Technical specifications for the Sukhoi are very extensive on the internet. Hence after downloading, all one needs to do is to regurgitate onto the blog.
The voluminous technical explanation, sakmongkol thinks is used to overwhelm people. It is just a ruse.
The idea of republishing Mr. Shaftec’s answer into the open instead of languishing as an appendage under the comments section, is to throw up debate on this subject.
Sakmongkol’s original post argued there may be grounds to suspect financial negligence and imprudence.
Mr Shaftec’s answer forgot or elected to leave out the fact that out of this Sukhoi deal, the former cry-baby minister, Adib Adam made a bundle from this deal. If there wasn’t enough meat to go around, how could Adib Adam then partake in the feast? Former Malacca chief minister Datuk Adib Adam, was paid a RM380mil commission.
The Sukhois deal, worth US$900 million (RM3.2 billion), was through a Russian state company, Federal State Unitary Enterprise 'Rosoboronexport' on May 19, 2003. IMT Defence Sdn. Bhd. was appointed the local agent for the Russian company and received 12 percent of the purchase price, US$108 million (RM380 million). The principal figure and chairman of IMT Defence is Mohamad Adib Adam, the former chief minister of Malacca, previous Land and Development Minister and a long-time UMNO stalwart.
Now if Adib Adam received a commission of USD108 million, that would mean that the unit cost of the 18 Sukhois is USD 44 million each.
Assuming the unit price of a basic Sukhoi is USD30million each, according to Mr. Shaftec’s argument, all the other specs and fixtures would cost USD14 million on each plane? These things, additional toys if you may, are not custom made for Malaysian Sukhois. These are obtainable from different manufacturers and are standard in nature. Surely, if they are standard, and are bought in bulk, we are entitled to bulk discounts? No?
So, it would seem that Mr. Shaftec’s argument crumble under the weight of the voluminous technical explanation.