Wednesday, December 23, 2009

F5 jet engine: Traitors' Fees from RM200...

By the way....the scandal is only 'leaked' now after 2 years wrapped under the carpet while PKFZ scandal seems not in the radar...comparing the two scandals.....one is bigger and involved more traitors in politician garbs...is this coincidental?

These two are only tips of the iceberg...and that iceberg could be fatal to our nation!

A NATION BETRAYED....

for RM200

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) personnel implicated in the F5 jet components for sale racket betrayed the country for as little as RM200.

Sources familiar with investigations into the F5 fighter engine theft from the Sungei Besi air base told The Malay Mail yesterday that those who allegedly took the RM200 were mainly assigned guard duty there.

These guards were allegedly bribed to "look the other way" when the key figure of the racket, a local man who worked for a Malaysian aviation firm, drove out with the stolen components.

Other RMAF personnel who were involved in the racket were technicians who stole items stored at the air base warehouse, where aircraft components and parts are stored.

They were allegedly paid as much as RM3,500 per component. It is learnt that the RMAF personnel involved were probably not aware of the value of the pilfered components in the international arms market.

Some of the components were fuel and hydraulic parts, besides mechanical parts of the Northrop F-5 fighter plane.

It is believed these servicemen managed to cover up the disappearance of the components by documenting the items as having been sent overseas for repair or disposed off as they were deemed irrepairable.

The syndicate also managed to export some of the pilfered components to a neighbouring country by declaring them as scrap metal.

There, the items were allegedly sold to international arms dealers always on the lookout for military jet components.

The key figure in the racket had also allegedly entertained "his cohorts" at nightclubs. It is believed that this personal touch led to the "arrangement" for the disappearance of two J85-GE-21 jet engines that were supposed to be sent for overhaul to another local aviation company.

The syndicate, it is alleged, even managed to change the shipping documentation on one of the engines to be sent to a neighbouring country where it was later re-shipped, reportedly to a South American firm.

Investigations into the case so far revealed that the local company that employed the key figure in the racket was not aware of this "part-time business".

The company has a Direct Procurement Agreement (DPA) with the Defence Ministry. Investigations into the racket started in early 2008 when RMAF officers lodged a police report after it was discovered that one of the F5 jet engines was missing in late 2007.

An internal audit instigated by RMAF top-brass discovered that another engine was also missing in mid-2008. The audit revealed a number of aircraft components unaccounted for.

So far, some 40 RMAF personnel at the air base have been hauled up for questioning, with at least four arrested by the police. Some of them were sacked from service after an inquiry and disciplinary hearing, and some were reinstated following appeals.

RMAF operates seven Northrop F5 jets; three single-seat F-5E Tiger II Interceptor aircraft, two single-seat RF-5E Tigereye Reconnaisance aircraft and two twin-seater F-5F Trainers.

Normally, a single Tiger II jet is used to escort the Tigereye during reconnaisance missions while the twin-seaters are used to train new pilots.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said the ministry would extend full cooperation to the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) to resolve the case of the missing two jet engines and other related equipment.

"The details we have will be used as evidence in court... I am just waiting for the signal from them (AGC)," he said, adding that there was no need for a royal commission to be set up as the ministry was confident of the capability of the police in investigating the matter.

Another Option to migrate to New Zealand.

New Zealand is always my favourite country for some sentimental reasons. Last visit was few months ago and love to return for another trip down memory lane. It is a home away from home especially my best 'growing' years were spent there amongst best friends.

The high school years to the university years as well as some work experience during those tumultuous period of time will always be remembered.



The proposed Silver Fern Visa

Before being elected as the new government in November 2008, New Zealand’s National Party, headed by current Prime Minister John Key, released plans for changes to the country’s immigration policy.

As part of the proposed changes, the National Government has stated it plans to introduce a new visa category for highly skilled migrants – the Silver Fern Visa. The new visa plans were on hold for a few months until Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman announced, in November 2009, that the Silver Fern Visa should start in April 2010.

According to an Immigration Policy Paper, the government states, “…we will need good policies for attracting the additional skilled workers and immigrants New Zealand needs to fill skills gaps and grow our economy. This makes immigration policy and its implementation critically important to New Zealand’s future”.

What is the Silver Fern Visa?

The visa will be applicable to highly skilled migrants with New Zealand-recognised qualifications, whether those qualifications were obtained in New Zealand or from a country with which New Zealand has a visa-free agreement*.

The purpose of this visa category is to broaden the options for applicants to make a long-term contribution to New Zealand and to provide a pathway to New Zealand residency.

The Silver Fern Visa will allow New-Zealand qualified and visa-free country applicants to enter (or remain in) New Zealand as visitors for the short-term, while seeking permanent employment in highly skilled areas in which New Zealand is experiencing a shortage of skills. These visa holders would be allowed to legally obtain temporary work while seeking highly skilled employment.

As currently planned, the Silver Fern Visa will allow holders a 24-month work visa, through which they will be eligible to apply for permanent residence through either the Skilled Migrant Category or Work to Residence Scheme.

Will I qualify for a Silver Fern Visa?

Because the Silver Fern Visa is not currently official, qualification requirements are at this stage only theoretical and are subject to change. However, under the current strategy plans, requirements for applicants are as follows:

  • Candidates must be competent in the English language
  • Candidates must ensure they ultimately undertake highly skilled work
  • Candidates must meet specified full-time wage requirements
  • Candidates must have a recognised tertiary qualification, including trade qualifications, from a New Zealand institution OR from a country with which New Zealand has a visa-free agreement

*Visa-free agreements

Not all visitors to New Zealand require a visa for entry, though all entrants are required to provide evidence of both onward travel and adequate funds for maintenance. Short-term visitors (three months or less) from the following countries do not need a visa to enter New Zealand:

Andorra Argentina Austria
Bahrain Belgium Brazil
Brunei Bulgaria Canada
Chile Cyprus Czech Republic
Denmark Estonia1 Finland
France Germany Greece5
Hong Kong2 Hungary Iceland
Ireland Israel Italy
Japan Korea (South) Kuwait
Latvia1 Liechtenstein Lithuania1
Luxembourg Malaysia Malta
Mexico Monaco Netherlands
Norway Oman Poland
Portugal3 Qatar Romania
San Marino Saudi Arabia Singapore
Slovak Republic Slovenia South Africa
Spain Sweden Switzerland
United Arab Emirates United States of America4 Uruguay
Vatican City