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Govt paid half-a-million ringgit more for RIVs?

September 11, 2012
Harakahdaily, 11 September 2012


Sep 11: The Sultan of Johor’s claim that he had bought a Rapid Intervention Vehicles (RIV) some half-a-million ringgit cheaper than the price paid by the Defence ministry has brought back concerns over lack of transparency in military spending.

However, Defense minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was far from denying the claim when he said the Sultan’s criticism was being taken positively.

Last Saturday, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail who awarded the RIV to the Special Forces Regiment of which he is its Colonel Commandant expressed his disappointment that military equipment was lacking in quality yet purchased at exorbitant prices.

“Do not supply low quality equipment which are priced multiple times higher,” the ruler reportedly said.

Zahid said his ministry would probe into the difference in prices of the RIV bought by the Sultan at RM150,000 and the one sold by the supplier at RM690,000.

“I will scrutinise to see if there are differences in specifications,” he added.

Unusually high prices paid for military equipment had led Pakatan Rakyat to call for the setting up of a Parliament Oversight Committee to review and monitor defence expenditure.

Last year, PR questioned the purchase of six littoral combatant ships (LCS) after the cost ballooned from by 50 percent from RM6 billion to RM9 billion. The Defence ministry was also told to explain the acquisition of 257 armoured personnel vehicles (APVs) costing RM7.55 billion last year.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. mmc permalink
    September 11, 2012 1:05 pm

    typical UMNO mark-up
    whats new, you tell me.
    and as usual, MACC sleeping.
    Teoh Beng Hock, where r u?

  2. tan tanjong bungah permalink
    September 11, 2012 2:39 pm

    Hi everyone,

    “Do not supply low quality equipment which are priced multiple times higher,” the Johor ruler reportedly said.

    The good Sultan’s intimation that the Defence Ministry bought the RIV at RM690 000 is exorbitantly priced at about nearly four times the RM150 000 that his excellency paid for. Moreover, the one that the Defence Ministry bought is of “low quality equipment”, and yet, the Defence Minister, as if doubting His Excellency’s intimidation, stated that he would “scrutinise to see if there are differences in specifications” !

    Don’t be surprised when the Defence Minister spins out some illogical reason to counter or neutralise what the good Sultan of Johor had claimed! After UMNO Baru’s ministers need to defend their cronies’ blood-sucking profits at the expense of the taxpayers!

  3. cslee permalink
    September 11, 2012 5:17 pm

    otherwise how to be billionaire. now no more millionaires but billionaires

  4. cslee permalink
    September 11, 2012 5:20 pm

    He is as corrupt as his predecessor the current PM. He has make his billion but of course must share.

  5. najib manaukau permalink
    September 12, 2012 12:08 am

    What will happen when the military’s equipments’ are used in real combat when Malaysia is attacked ? So really Malaysia knows very well that will never happen, therefore is there a need to even have the armed forces ? Just look at NZ they gave up their air force some years back and nothing untoward had ever taken place. Why can’t Malaysia be like that ?
    Or the armed forces are there for the corrupted scumbags and parasites to have reasons to corrupt themselves and for the Najib to buy the submarine ? Who is going to attack Malaysia, Soekano is dead and gone ?

  6. Black Arrow permalink
    September 12, 2012 12:27 am

    For the crooks, it is business as usual.

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