The floating sub

So, we’re told that the first and expensive submarine that Malaysia just bought can’t dive — something that is obviously atypical of a submarine.

But not to worry. Defence Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had assured us that “We have a warranty on the sub and we are confident the builders can fix it.”

We certainly hope that the problem can be licked in due time so that the sub can eventually go places where even the devil dares not tread or swim.

Indeed, the sea bordering our nation needs to be patrolled and its defence reinforced — especially in the wake of some missing jet engines.

See here for the entire story of the sub that refuses to dive.


6 Responses to “The floating sub”

  1. 1 Lesley Wan 13 February 2010 at 9:48 am

    It must be the ghost of Altantuya.

  2. 2 fcukdbn 13 February 2010 at 10:06 am

    Submarine that cannot dive. Fighter jet planes with engines missing. Military secrets sold like illicit drugs in the black market. What next? Tanks that cannot fire? Our Defence Minister is the laughing stock of the world. Our neighbours like Singapore’s and Indonesia’s arm forces must be sleeping very well these days. Shouldn’t someone be sacked for these comical situation. Remember Comical Ali of Irag? We now can claim to have our version of Comical Ali. Malaysia boleh indeed.

  3. 3 Leithaisor 13 February 2010 at 12:51 pm

    If I die of terminal laughter on reading the gems of wisdom from the likes of our Defence Minister, can my family sue him and those of his ilk?

    Already the nation is suffering from severe loss of face and confidence – witness the recent PERC report – and we still have our government leaders trying to make light of what is surely a most serious problem with the submarine.

    “A technical fault in the nation’s first submarine… that prevents it from diving is a minor hitch that will not interfere with its operations…”?

    What on earth is just about one of the greatest advantage of a submarine over surface vessels?

    I am sure the defence minister must know. So that leads me to wonder just who he is trying to convince with that blatantly untenable statement, and why.

    Just like all the assorted “tidak membebankan raykat” statements issued by various government officials in conjuction with hikes in petrol prices, toll rates, water and TNB charges, and other moves which weigh down the already suffering Malaysians even more.

    And BN wonders why it is losing the support of the rakyat? No amount of public relations exercises like the Batu Caves visit and forthcoming CNY do in Pandamaran, on top of trips to China and India, will make up for plain and simple actions and words which ring true where the people’s interests are involved.

    Dulu lain… controlled media, candies and incentives can swing votes, sweet-but-empty promises and shouting of “Pembela Bangsa!” can win significant number of votes.

    Sekarang lain dah.

  4. 4 chow kw 13 February 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Engines go missing and buses are turn into scrap for a purchase price of rm 90 million. The sun paper describe the buses ( 1000 buses ) left in a yard as the biggest graveyard. Submarine cant dive but can float is known as a big boat. From bank bumiputra finance scandal in 1983 to the billion dollar PKFZ scandal in 2003, malaysia is voted the number 1 nation of scandals where no one is accountable. In short Malaysia is a land of plenty. Plenty of natural resources and money and also plenty of robbers and thieves. Plenty of bull politicians and others . Is this 1 malaysia that is promoted now?

  5. 5 Antares 14 February 2010 at 6:04 pm

    The Beatles had their Yellow Submarine. Why can’t Najib have his Shallow Submarine?

  6. 6 siew eng 16 February 2010 at 2:04 pm

    hahahaha! to paraphrase randy jackson – another good song choice!

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