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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Forgotten Heroes of a Nation

US Army General George Washington who was also the first President of United States of America was believed to have came out with the quote "a nation is judged by how well it treats its veterans".  As he was an Army General himself and had led the then US Continental Army in the United States fight for independence, it is not a surprise that the quote was attributed to him.

The quote, while may have not be from him, unfortunately is very correct.  If a country is not able to honour the men and women that had signed up to serve their nation at the nation's time of need, by treating these men and women well, then what honour does the nation has?

While the original quote was from a US President on the treatment of US veterans, this quote is very much a reflection of our own country.

Perwira-Perwira Negara yang Dilupakan

Panglima Tentera Darat AS Jeneral George Washington yang juga merupakan Presiden pertama Amerika Syarikat dipercayai pernah mengungkapkan kata-kata hikmah "sebuah negara dihakimi betapa ianya melayani warga veterannya".  Beliau sebagai seorang Panglima Tentera Darat dan memimpin Tentera Continental AS dalan perjuangan kemerdekaan negara tersebut, tidak hairanlah bagaimana kata-kata hikmah tersebut dikaitkan dengan beliau.

Walaupun kata-kata hikmah tersebut mungkin bukan diutarakan oleh beliau, namun hakikatnya adalah kebenaran yang dibawa kata-kata hikmah tersebut.  Sekiranya sebuah negara gagal menunaikan tanggungjawabnya kepada putera-puterinya yang telah mengabadikan perkhidmatan mereka kepada negara mereka ketika tenaga mereka diperlukan, dengan melayani mereka dengan seberapa upaya, ke manakah letaknya maruah negara tersebut?

Walaupun kata-kata hikmah tersebut adalah kata-kata daripada seorang Presiden AS dalam hal-ehwal kebajikan veteran, kata-kata hikmah ini adalah amat tepat dalam membayangkan permasalahan yang sama pada negara kita.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

MRCA - Gambaran Besar

Dengan program MRCA India telah mencapai kata putus dengan pembelian pesawat Rafale dan Indonesia memilih untuk membeli 11 buah pesawat SU-35 buatan Rusia, tumpuan kembali ke atas program MRCA Malaysia yang masih belum mencapai kata putus walaupun penilaian pesawat telah bermula semenjak 2002.

Apakah sebenarnya yang melewatkan program MRCA Malaysia?  Apakah benar kerajaan Malaysia tidak mempunyai dana untuk program tersebut?  Atau apakah ada faktor lain yang menyebabkan kelewatan kepada program tersebut?

MRCA - The Big Picture

With the Indian MRCA seeing conclusion with the selection of Rafale contract and Indonesia selecting to purchase 11 Russian-made SU35 , eyes are now back on Malaysia.  The Malaysian MRCA programme has yet to be concluded despite being evaluated since 2002.

So what is delaying the Malaysian MRCA programme?  Is it because Malaysian Government do not have the money for the programme?  Or are there other underlying reasons which has resulted in the programme having a very slow start?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Eurofighter Kembali Bertanding?

Dalam satu perkembangan (13 Februari 2018) yang mengejutkan, Reuters UK telah melaporkan bahawa BAe (British Aerospace) masih berminat untuk merebut kontrak untuk membekalkan pesawat MRCA kepada TUDM, dipercayai bernilai sekitar RM7 hingga ke RM8 bilion. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Eurofighter Back In Contention?

In a surprising turn of event (13 February 2018), Reuters UK had reported that BAe (British Aerospace) is still eyeing to clinch the prized MRCA supply contract to RMAF, believed to be worth between RM7 to RM8 billion. The attempt, believed  as a last ditch attempt to get the coveted contract as BAe had poured huge amount of effort to secure the contract.


The MRCA, short for Multi-Role Combat Aircraft is probably one of the most protracted tender process in the world, stretching from 2002 until today, across the administration of 2 defence ministers and at least 3 Air Force Chiefs. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Biji Getah

Biji getah. Benih kepada pokok Hevea Brasiliansis. Menjadi alat mainan utama bagi kanak-kanak di zaman dahulu. Pelbagai permainan boleh dihasilkan daripada biji getah ni.