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.