Treat the underlying disease !

The missing engine is again a symptom of a very serious underlying disease.

Where else in the world, except maybe in movie plots, can you see a jet engine being stolen and transported out of the country? I was told even the log and maintenance book have gone missing together with the engine.

It is not something that you can hide in your pocket. It was taken from a military airport, where the perimeter is fenced and where there is supposed to be guardhouse and patrols and watch towers.

If this thing can happen to our defence force, how are they going to defend us? why the need for the defence force then? Why the need for air fighters, submarines and so on.

Who in the world would want to sell us their sophisticated military technology when such technology can be easily stolen and sell to rogue businessmen?

There is really no point to set up another Royal commission, as suggested by the opposition . This is just a symptom and even if the perpetrators can be hauled up and punished, it would not change the culture.

What we need to do is to treat the whole disease.  That means to change the whole culture of greed and corruption. The whole culture of double standard being practiced. The whole culture of selective law enforcement.

The cancer has spread so widely that it may not even be possible to resuscitate the patient. It has infiltrated to our civil service, our education system, our sports arena, our enforcement agencies, and the armed forces.

The only way perhaps is to bring back meritocratic practices and ensure the independence of institutions and enforcement agencies.

Any thing less will result in more brain drain and flight of money from the country.

We may go down to the level of the Philippines sooner than we thought.


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 10:57:00

    Dr Hsu. Meritocracy is not in the KPI and NKRA. Not in the objective, no one will work on it. Do not hope.


  2. Defend My Foot
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 11:39:59

    Dr. Hsu I think you got it all wrong. The Defence Force like the PDRM is for the defence of the BN govern and their cronies only. Otherwise how can they survice more than 50 years.


  3. Richard Loh
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 11:46:21

    Dr. Hsu,

    Your prescription is to treat the whole disease but from who do we trust to get the right prescription. The present ruling government is the cause of the whole disease.

    Why be humble and stop short of calling for a total change of the present government who we see cannot really cure the whole disease that they are infected with.

    Really, we need to rid of the present government, they are incurable unless they are totally defeated and start from fresh.


  4. A true Malaysian
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 12:25:09

    BTN is the main root cause of this disease, and allow it to spread all over the machinery of the government.

    BTN has successfully implant the concept of “we” and “they”, i.e. where any issue involved “we”, everything is fine, can be let go and still continue receiving pension. “We” can do anything we want, laws and orders are not applicable to “we”.

    Many people realised the severe damages of this BTN and come forward to confess. It is best to abolish this indoctrination machine, the BTN, and build up the real “WE”, Malaysian.


  5. klm
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 12:45:42

    Banana republic. That is i what Malaysia has transformed into. No bloody thanks to Koh Tsu Koon.


  6. A Single Vote
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 13:16:58

    Dr Hsu,
    Is it true that when a terminally ill patient collapses, usually the silent practise is “no resuscitation”?

    Should we not accept that our country is now at that stage of disease?

    This open looting and corruption has become a way of life of. Ask anyone on the street, better still ask a teenager and all you get is a simple ‘what-to-do’ shake of the head. Thats how much we have come to accept this.

    In another world, there would have been great outcry.

    Today, our only concern seems to be, how much now, how many hundreds of millions this time?

    We seem to have forgotten the biggest issue of all, OUR CHILDREN!!! Do we ask ourselves if this is what we want for them? To accept this as a way of life?

    Do we now not expect our children to be indignant and angry should they have a simple possesion stolen? That thats life in Malaysia?

    The politicians are now openly plundering the nation and yet we continue to have faith in all the slogans and the rhetorics. They are the ones setting examples for everyone, even to steal a 50 million jet engine!!!

    (and do you know even petty thieves today know where to fence off a Rembrandt! Lower rungs? and I believe you too!)

    Daily we hear of ‘leaders’ fighting and backstabbing each other to get into positions to allow them to commit more of these atrocities.
    Shameless politicians and at home they are proud to have children looking up to them as fathers and mothers!!!

    And still we raise our fist and proudly shout out loud, “1Malaysia”!!!

    Please spare our children. Help us get rid of these thieves?!!


  7. Dr Hsu
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 13:24:48

    Richard Loh
    This blog is about change.

    Those who have followed the blog from the beginning will notice that I have been ‘harping’ on change.

    If the present government , with all its component inside, cannot change, then let the rakyat change it.

    That is all along my stand.


  8. clearwater
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 13:50:57

    Remember the analogy of the termite eaten timber beam, still looking good on the surface but almost hollowed out on the inside? One strong push and it topples. That’s Malaysia now. Rotten and termite infested from within. The worship of Mammon originating from the Mahathir days has now become the cultural norm. When politics and business are permitted to mix, greed and hypocrisy become enjoined as partners. Conscience is cast aside. Expect more money scandals to be exposed. We badly need a change of government and a fresh start.


  9. camcamni
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 14:44:51

    I really wonder how on earth can MCA, Gerakan & MIC people just keep quiet about all the losses of our hard earned money???
    Probably they are in cahoots with UMNO in draining our money to enrich their own pockets.
    Look at Huan, now of PCM….you think he is sincere in serving the people? He is just another lapdog to UMNO. He was one of those who enjoyed UMNO’s backing and helped in getting MPs to Taiwan using Ting’s money. Of course there are those who are sincere but looking at the component parties of BN, we can see they are fighting to be the head so can at least got the chance to get into the cabinet for some easy money thru the backdoor…

    It sucks…when we have OTK and KTK going back on their words that they will resign when defeated and not accept any ministrial post thru back doors….


  10. A true Malaysian
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 15:55:06


    Another jet engine “HILANG”


  11. spot red
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 18:07:39

    Dear Dr. Hsu,

    “”Najib, who was the minister of defence when the theft took place, said a police report was lodged as soon as the engine was discovered missing.””

    Why report to the police? Dear NTR, are you kidding the rakyat again?

    I do not understand what this former minister of defence say here!

    Can the police involved in the matters concerning the Royal Malaysia Airforce??

    Within the perimeter fencing of the Airforce base, can the police act??

    Please Dr. Hsu, enlighten me please, i am really confused!

    spot red


  12. Dr Hsu
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 20:30:13

    spot red,
    even the military is subjected to civilian law. A theft is a theft. I also do not understand why the authority took so long to act. Why no one is charged.?

    This is not a difficult case to solve. there are only so many suspect as not that many would have access to the engines and some one must have seen the engines being carted away since this is not something you can easily hide.

    Even if the whole camp is in cohort, charge the whole camp. Persecute the head of the camp.
    Better still, if civilian law is not applicable, court martial the culprits.


  13. penangman
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 20:58:59

    Dr Hsu,
    I want to share with you an interesting letter which was post in Malaysiakini today.

    ** People didn’t reject Gerakan; only their leaders **
    Mike Penang Voter
    Dec 22, 09

    As a voter in last general election in Penang, I want to share my views on Gerakan and their problems in Penang.

    The people in Penang actually do not reject Gerakan. It is the Gerakan leaders that are rejected.

    It was Gerakan under Lim Chong Eu which built up Penang and created the foundation for its development today. All Penangites still remember this and all still have a lot of respect for Lim and Gerakan. The name Lim Chong Eu and Gerakan are synonymous in Penang.

    But in the last general election, the people rejected Gerakan leaders, not the party. This is because it is people like Koh Tsu Koon and his group who bowed down to Umno.

    They put Umno’s interests above that of Penangites and even that of their own party Gerakan.

    Even their ex-president Lim Keng Yaik is one of the causes of the party’s destruction.

    He placed all his family members in key positions within the party without thinking of whether these people are capable or not. Just take the example of his son, the Gerakan youth chief. What has this person done for the people to date?

    Currently, all the Gerakan leaders in Penang need to be changed if the party’s want to stand any chance of improving its position in the next general election (not taking back Penang but merely to get back one or two lost seats).

    All the previous people connected to Koh Tsu Koon must resign including those who lost in the last general election. If there are no new faces for the 13th general election, the result will still be the same for them as the 12th general election.

    So I think what Umno says is partly correct. ‘No work from Gerakan and all only just talk only in Penang’. But that does not mean letting Umno lead BN Penang which will only make things worse.

    They actually just need to ask Koh Tsu Koon to resign. Gerakan just needs to find someone else who is suitable to replace him. Someone new with an image that is not associated


  14. aca
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 21:42:43

    forget about it. follow the china style. just shoot them. guess there will be no cabinet minsiter after that. may be including no more ketuanan melayu.

    oh by the way, its the same idiot that call for your Koh to move aside.


  15. spot red
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 00:17:59

    Dr. Hsu,

    ” even the military is subjected to civilian law.”

    this statement need to be checked! the Police force cannot do anything to the army, the arm forces. The army have they own military police to catch them for their wrong doings. NOT the police.

    “”if civilian law is not applicable, court martial the culprits. “”

    This is more like it lar! Not for that brigadier-general just to be sack/retire and enjoy the full pension benefits…

    Ha! If I have the chance, I will copy the same and enjoy a very rich early retirement!

    spot red


  16. spot red
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 00:22:19

    Ya, very correct penangman… agree 100%
    Gerakan must get out of the BN and go against UMNO corruption and mis-management for survival in Penang… why cannn’t the Gerakanist see this?

    spot red


  17. QGX
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 00:40:34

    Dear Dr Hsu,

    In the normal business audit, when a sample count of the assets indicates that the physical assets are not in accordance with the book records, then a full count would be required to be carried out. Otherwise, one would never know how seriously inaccurate the book records are. Instead of a royal commission, probably LKS or the Malaysian public should first ask for the Auditor General to conduct a full physical count of all of military assets reconciled to the book records. If the Auditor General does not have sufficient resource to complete the task, then the Malaysian professionals auditors could volunteer – just like Karpal did in the Lingam case.

    Comparing the whole mess that Malaysia is in with a disease or an epidemic would be to analyze the whole situation it a undeservedly “neutral” manner. The reason is because most diseases / epidemic such as the AH1N1 or SARS – I believe – begins and spreads without the willful intent of any person(s). In the case of the Malaysian mess, the condition today is unmistakably one that has been directly caused by a group of people. The missing 50M engine (which is merely the latest incident that has come to light) was a theft and theft is a CRIME. And the silence and inaction since 2007 by “Senior Management” would only lead everyone to view that Management is somehow involved i-e there is FRAUD.

    Paul Keating got it right when he used the word “Recalcitrant” on one of the Malaysians, because the word describes someone who is “marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority” i-e not subjugated to any laws. Malaysia today is being run by a bunch of people who thinks that they are not bound by any laws – either man-made or by the divine.

    May God have mercy on the people of Malaysia…

    P/S. Thanks for having this great forum Dr Hsu!


  18. Chauncey Gardener
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 02:37:49


    Karpal’s Singh bid to volunteer to assist the AG in bringing charges against Lingam has met with a deafening silence. What does that tell you ???

    Clearwateer’s analogy of termite infestation is spot on. The log can be rescued but it will take a lot of work and while working to resuscitate the log, the termites must be eradicated as well.

    Having the Auditor General do a 100% audit is the right thing to do. However, in this case of the missing jet engine, even the books are missing !!!


  19. Dr Hsu
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 09:44:43

    In my opinion, we should let Karpal Singh or any pther lawyer in private sector, who has a proven track record, to prosecute cases involving govenrment officers and ministers.

    I have told the top leadership that too.

    After all, no matter the cat is white or black or grey , as long as it can nail down the culprits , it should be allowed.

    I was in the process of writing a post on that too..


  20. klm
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 12:40:35

    If you have heard inside stories about he AG, you will not have any faith in the justice system. There is only one way to get justice. You do it the same way you handle the mata mata with a speeding ticket. This is the Malaysia Boleh way.

    The only way for an old building is to demolish it and rebuild. Tinkering the system with KPI and NKRA is not going to work.


  21. klm
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 12:41:11

    If you have heard inside stories about the AG, you will not have any faith in the justice system. There is only one way to get justice. You do it the same way you handle the mata mata with a speeding ticket. This is the Malaysia Boleh way.

    The only way for an old building is to demolish it and rebuild. Tinkering the system with KPI and NKRA is not going to work.


  22. Nick
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 12:47:03

    The rot in the Army, Navy and Air Force is probably worst than anyone can imagine. We have probably more high-ranking Generals and Majors than most countries. We have not seen a War since Independence and what do you expect of these high-ranking fellas? Play golf lah, drinking like fish in the mess, touring facilities especially overseas ones, ponteng. The NEP is fully practised in this uniform units and you will never see anyone of the wrong race to be promoted beyond Major-ranks. The culture of stealing and fraud must be very prevalent inside these organizations because the wrong people are promoted and the wrong belief or set values are in place in these Organizations. I whole-heartedly agree with Dr. Hsu’s point about introducing meritocracy and having independent and strong institutions to uphold our laws. We have the solutions but may not have the political will because our own leaders (in BN) are all products of such a useless system.


  23. klm
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 13:18:51

    Meritocracy is not in the malay dictionary.
    Meritocracy should be a strategic thrust in the NKRA. But instead there are 7,000 things to do and KPI to keep track. I am confused as to what are the strategic things that country must do. These cannot be hidden within the 7,000 things Idris and KTK are so proud off. We are blinded by the beautiful presentation by this pair. Look beyond the powerpoints.


  24. spot red
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 13:29:52



    Spot red


  25. QGX
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 16:18:59

    What we need to do is to treat the whole disease. – Dr Hsu

    Really, we need to rid of the present government, they are incurable unless they are totally defeated and start from fresh. – Richard Loh

    Clearwateer’s analogy of termite infestation is spot on. The log can be rescued but it will take a lot of work and while working to resuscitate the log, the termites must be eradicated as well. – Chauncey Gardener

    The only way for an old building is to demolish it and rebuild. – klm

    …And who shall Malaysians call upon to “treat the disease” / “eradicate the termites” / “demolish the building”?
    Is it:
    The Judiciary? The Police / the Armed Forces? The Sultans / Heads of States? The Local Media? The Politicians?

    Or, is it going to RPK?

    The answer should be apparent to everyone: now is the time for the Malaysian Citizenry to rise to action….


  26. aca
    Dec 24, 2009 @ 18:51:19


    i have given up on this Ketuanan Melayu BN Govt, for which your party is a member of. Gerakan can continue to hide behind the “voice of reason within BN” excuse but being a coalition member essentially means the party is equally responsible.

    Guan Eng stood up for a young Malay girl and was jailed. Now, he stood up for the death of Beng Hock and the BN Govt is targetting him thru the Police which is initiating a Sedition charge against him. Is this 1Malaysia from a BN Govt for which Gerakan is a member.

    Like I said, I have given up on this lawless BN Govt. I am preparing my kids for an overseas education and have told them in no uncertain terms not to come back after their studies. Afterall, why pay taxes to a racist regime and they use the money to indoctrinate their kind that we are second class and is a threat to them. Mind boggling, Doc.


  27. aca
    Dec 26, 2009 @ 20:32:10


    beware. you cant criticise these institutions. its seditious coz your criticism may weaken their morale and when morale is down, they cant work. remember the great Minister who told us that the police is not effective coz the people have been demonising them and not loving them enough.

    oh btw, if you want to be part of the Cabinet, you have to exhibit such intellect.


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