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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

How is our Defense Spending Structured?

It is unfortunate that it took a calamity like MH370 to expose that Malaysia’s defense is fragile. How do we come to this conclusion? First as I have written in an earlier article, when our air force didn’t think it was prudent to scramble its air-crafts to intercept an intrusion by an unidentified plane into our airspace. The article elicited a comment from someone who quoted a military source saying that fighter planes do not intercept civilian air-crafts.
Civilian air crafts display some specific characteristics on the radar that can be interpreted as being not hostile while enemy fighter planes display unique characteristics that can be identified by radar. On  that reason, the radar operator will just look at the readings and ignore them.
So, going by this logic, our potential enemies, knowing that our air force people will read and assume this way, will send in drones and other lethal planes that display the characteristics of civilian and non-hostile aircrafts while carrying weaponry that can destroy us and our military will look the other way.
The other glaring revelation of our flimsy defense system is shown by our miserly response in terms of assets. What could we afford to send in for the SAR operations? Other than serving as coordinator for which were complimented on ( and that is seized  by UMNO supporters as indicative of our competency), we had nothing to show.
We made ourselves looked like a fool by employing the services of a VVIP Bomoh to the UMNO people and 1778 fishing boats class C and C2. Did we hear any of them traversing the Indian Ocean where the waves are mountain high? Do Malaysians know that out of the 6 navy ships including KD Kasturi which was just released after spending 5 years in the dock, 5 of these have come back? Why did they come back? To spare us Malaysians the embarrassment of having to put up with a search and rescue of the 5 ships that were sent out to do their own SAR of MH370 in the first place!
The sad truth is, despite spending billions of Ringgit in the purchase of weaponry, we do not have combat capable assets. And now the Defense Minister has come out with a brilliant plan to start a shopping spree for new and more capable assets. What happened to our spending in the past? We know that vendors and defense contractors are already salivating at the supply prospects.
My question is how is our defense spending structured? Is it structured to enrich a few UMNO cronies or is it structured to strengthen our defense?


Anonymous,  1 April 2014 at 20:25  

Someone is going to profit from the tragedy by milking the rakyat for another purchase of military equipment at highly inflated price and getting obscene under table commission.

Anonymous,  1 April 2014 at 20:34  

Hello Dei, stop parroting your unlce lim la. all you DAP morons know is to open your big mouth and shout this and that, comdemn this and that. plus your
RBA cybertroopers comments parroting the old dinasour is for all clear to see. We are sick and tired of the senseless comments.

Anonymous,  1 April 2014 at 20:59  

Your comments sound senseless.

Ariff Sabri 1 April 2014 at 21:08  

this hello dei feller obviously hasn't been reading the articles here. i have written much earlier on the incompetence of the air force for not intercepting the unidentified plane.
we dont need an army of cuber troopers to expose the incompetence and stupidity of the Najib government.

Suci Dalam Debu 1 April 2014 at 21:26  

First Priority: How much commission do I get?

Ah_Beng,  1 April 2014 at 22:57  

What happened to those OPV's costing billions of Ringgits built by Amin Shah's PSCI?

Anonymous,  1 April 2014 at 23:23  

You forgot to write about the Scorpene submarines. Shouldn't they be our top choice for searching for under-sea wrecks?

As for new military purchases, UMNO will structure the trade this way as with past practice ...
- US$1 for the supplier
- US$10 for me and my 'agent'
- a rickety and useless piece of metal for the armed forces.

Hmmm, last time they threw in a Mongolian model into the deal. I wonder what they will throw in this time around ....

Anonymous,  2 April 2014 at 01:34  

Obviously, the flip-flopping of data by the Defence minister/MAS/DCA/IGP since day one until yesterday is proof to the international world (via the foreign correspondence based here to cover MH370 mishap)the snafu the Malaysian gomen is in. Is this the result of covering a lie with another lie thus creating a growing hole that the government is finding hard to cover-up?

Anonymous,  2 April 2014 at 02:48  

structured by moron defense minister and supported by moron generals,

Anonymous,  2 April 2014 at 05:29  

Pinang and Selangor are much richer without UMNO corrupted hands and Kelantan despite being the poor brother has the biggest Malay Reserve Land and dont need to sell it to foreigners and esp Sporeans

Anonymous,  2 April 2014 at 13:32  

They planned to corrupt, they monitor to corrupt and they implemeted to corrupt, then got the corrupted rents surely they are the maestro of corruptionisme.

Anonymous,  2 April 2014 at 14:53  

I believe you forgot the ROVS( Remove Operating Vehicle) that the Navy bought on advice of some NATO General.

Anonymous,  2 April 2014 at 15:56  

Only the two frigates are capable of operating in that part of the world. Off-shore patrol vessels are exactly that. We are not a "blue water navy", green or maybe brown only

Anonymous,  2 April 2014 at 20:00  

So scary to know the state of our armed forces.. The real traitor is the Services Chief himself. All should be sack and replace immediately.. Please also investigate their wealth.. They need to be court martial..

Anonymous,  2 April 2014 at 20:49  

....someone who quoted a military source saying that fighter planes do not intercept civilian aircrafts.

I once missed a couple of radio calls over Germany and they send up interceptors. We had problems with our radio that day. It was embarrassing when my company got hold of the picture taken by the fighter pilot with me staring out the cockpit window. It was quite a sight seeing an F16 close up in flight.

I guess it never occur to RMAF to go up and check the civilian airliner if something is amiss

Sumpitan Emas,  2 April 2014 at 21:23  

At this moment, my only concern is the state of the mental and emotional well-being of our seamen working inside the bowels of the Scorpene submarines.

We have traditionally operated above water, and history has on record the exploits of Malay mariners who traveled far beyond the shores of the Nusantara. This includes the mariners from Brunei Darussalam who paid numerous visits by sailing ships to China. One Brunei prince remains buried in Beijing; his mausoleum has always been in the care of Chinese Muslims throughout the past hundreds of years and even in the worst of times - during the numerous civil wars and during the excesses of the Cultural Revolution.

I dare say Malaysia, because of the exploits of its ancient mariners, hold a better claim to the Diaoyutai/Senkaku Island than the Japanese whose grey water pirates,i.e. coastal marauders who never sailed very far from their mainland.

I pray for the safety of all our servicemen and women especially those serving in the Scorpene, and may the Almighty punish those who gave all Malaysians a raw deal with our military purchases.

Dato, do everything to put an end to all the abuses and corruption.

Wan Shamsudin 3 April 2014 at 20:56  

No wonder UMNO leadersw from PM to Head of Cawangan are very rich...They are the ones who make Malaysia bankrupt.

Anonymous,  6 April 2014 at 11:52  

Dear Dato Sak, I hv written on a few blogs on both sides of the fence. I know something on ATC procedures and to share that it is a protocol for all countries on a basic security level to check with Civil DCA ATC on commercial flites before taking over comm. If civil DCA can't comm than mIlitary air force wo7ld scramble asap. All radar primary and secondary are monitored 24/7 in shift. Nobody looks at recorded data but on forensic only. Some general say radar recordings were refered to and discovered a u turn by mh370. How convenient. I sensed some cover up. They can hoodwink some but not all.

Anonymous,  24 April 2014 at 00:55  

We have a bunch of Malaysian working on oil producing platforms & drilling rigs in Peninsular. We have been asked to send in reports to MMEA on sightings of foreign vessels including fishing boats. Unfortunately, we have yet to see any Malaysian Navy vessels nor MMEA in vicinity to look after our border. So it comes as a no surprise to me if no one shows an interest to go after the missing plane. Our military is too busy in town minding over what they want to eat over meals, etc.

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