|Er Teck Hwa was in front of KD Tengku Abdul Rahman during LIMA 2009|
According to a report dated 10 December 2011, a pro UMNO blogger called Papagomo, was at the same place where Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his two deputies, P. Ramasamy and Mansor Othman were, when they had access to the KD Tun Razak Scorpene submarine.
Papagomo portraited in his blog negatively that Lim Guan Eng had a bout of sea-sickness while inside the submarine.
Besides that, a reporter at the scene at the material time there was another pro-UMNO blogger, named “Big Dog”, (Zakir Mohammed), was also there. According to a photo of Malaysiakini, apparently his presence was effected by being flown to Langkawi Airport in a military helicopter.
Defence Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, denied that no blogger was allowed into the submarine at the time of Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng’s visit to the vessel.
Innitially, the BN government intented to invite the Chief Minister from the PR state to witness this sea-trial, in order to prove incorrect, the current rumour that the submarine was not able to submerge. But the whole event had back-fired. That reflect ted the ignorance of the Minister towards national security. Not only that, he also did not understand the concept of proper process of good administration.
|When we arrived at the Pulau Langkawi LIMA Air Show, |
Defance Minister Ahmad Zahid was there to receive us
Among all the opposition MP’s, only Bagan Serai (ex-PKR) MP, Mohsin Fadzil Samsuri, and me participated in this event. On 4th December 2009, MINDEF arranged an air craft at Subang Airport and brought us straight away to Pulau Langkawi.
|Tan Sri Vincent Tan was with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad|
while waiting at the dock
There were many invited guests, so all of us had to wait at the dock. Because of the space constraint inside the submarine, each one of us visitors had to wait for our turn.
Tun Dr Mahathir was also there as well. As a ex-Prime Minister he was given the privilege to enter the submarine first. But there was a person in the midst of the crowd there, who attracted my attention. He is Tan Sri Vincent Tan.
When Vincent Tan followed behind Dr Mahathir to go inside the submarine, I could not help but think of why Vincent Tan being an ordinary businessman, and neither being a government officer nor a people’s representative was being allowed to go inside a military vessel. Dr Mahathir’s presence was proper and correct because he was a nation builder, a contributor to the nations progress and held the longest term of Prime-Ministership. Is Vincent Tan a submarine specialist? Why is it a civilian like him was allowed to enter a submarine?
|Dr Mahathir got ready to access into the submarine.|
Vincent Tan was following behind him
Ahmad Zahid, a Defence Minister who represents the government must understand that simply letting a civilian accessing a military facility is considered a very serious occurrence. Two years ago that was Vincent Tan and two year later there is Papagomo and “Big Dog”. Since when a military facility has become BN’s political playfield?
Ahmad Zahid must understand as a Defence Minister, his responsibility is to represent a Federal government elected by people to manage and coordinate ATM. And the Chief of Defence Force of ATM is General Azizan Arrifin. Dragging political struggles into the armed forces will destroy the country’s democracy system.
The above is a good example of separation between party and country. MINDEF managed by Ahmad Zahid intends to put the interest of political party on top of national security. He lets ordinary civilians who have relationship with political interests to have access to military facilities.
He just pretends not to know. Based on this reason, Ahmad Zahid has proven he is incapable of Administrative Management. Based on the seriousness of this matter, the Cabinet should insist that he should step Down. Do not let politics tarnish the good image of ATM.
Er Teck hwa