Do you smell what I smell?
A staff sergeant?! A sergeant doesn't even have authority to approve sick leave, much less approve a RM50 million inventory issue out from storage, give approval for heavy transport vehicles to enter military grounds, give approval for heavy transport vehicles to LEAVE military grounds while LADEN with 2 very conspicuous jet engines.
And he was acting alone??!
How can the RMAF storage superintendent, gate sentries and all the other highly trained military personnel walking around the base not see or not feel suspicious about a couple of heavily laden trucks with afterburners sticking out the end, driving out the gate?
And how did they ship it out of the country? How can the customs department or port authorities or shipping company not know when jet engines are being shipped out of the country?
I refuse to believe that something as large, heavy, hard to handle/transport and as eye-catching as 2 jet engines could be moved out of an airbase, and out via a world class shipping port without all the necessary paperwork and approvals from the higher ups. You, my friends, should not believe it as well.
Come on, Jib... you can come up with a better looking scapegoat than this, no? Why? Razak Baginda not free, isit?
Why even bother with an enlisted man? Just blame the Bangla who cuts grass at the RMAF base. He must have carted out the jet engine on the back of his bicycle.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 — A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) sergeant and a company director will be charged in the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court today in connection with the missing two F-5E jet engines despite cynicism that the government has covered up the scandalous theft.
Police had earlier said four men, three of them rank-and-file RMAF airmen, were the only ones involved in the 2007 theft of two General Electric J85-21A turbojet engines, said to be worth RM100 million, much to the chagrin of many that the scale of the crime suggests higher-ups were involved.
The RMAF had earlier denied that a brigadier-general and 40 others sacked for incompetence were involved in the crime.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said last night the RMAF airman would be charged for stealing while the company director for disposing of stolen properties.
"Investigations revealed that both F-5E jet engines were removed from the Material Udara 1 (Matra 1) godown in Kuala Lumpur as a result of a collaboration between an RMAF personnel with the rank of sergeant and a company director to dispose off both jet engines," he said in a statement issued via Bernama.
He said based on information from witnesses and documents obtained, he ordered the duo to be charged.
The sergeant will be charged under section 380 of the Penal Code to be read with section 109 of the same code, while the company director, under section 414 of the code.
The jets engines were found missing in 2007 while being taken for a routine maintenance from the 12th Squadron (Scorpion) in Butterworth to the RMAF godown in Kuala Lumpur.
The jet engines were discovered stolen by RMAF on May 22, 2008 and a police report was lodged on Aug 4 the same year.
But like the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal where four executives were charged for criminal breach of trust (CBT), prosecuting the airmen and company director will not abate calls for further investigations into how the jet engines ended up in South America.
Gani had said the engines powering the ageing F-5Es are now in Uruguay after police said it went through a Middle East nation to Argentina.
They have said that Malaysia will seek international cooperation to recover the engines.
But opposition leaders are asking for a royal commission of inquiry into the theft that happened when Datuk Seri Najib Razak was the defence minister.
Now prime minister, Najib has promised that there will be no cover-up but many are left pondering his words with just a serviceman and an aviation services firm director in the dock.