ZAID IBRAHIM has been off my blog-radar since he resigned from PKR. I wish him success in what he wants to do although deep inside, yes, quite deep, he cannot lead a political entity when he is surrounded with insipidly bland, superficial, superfluous parasitic wannabe aides/advisors. Zaid cannot be a politician. He is too nice. Many politicians are not! He is honest. Most politicians are not. Most politicians are cunning. He is not….he only shoots his mouth when he overreacts, and that was too often during the PKR elections.
I have kept this chose to my chest. But I’d like to get this off my chest. Zaid could serve well, leading our plethora of credible NGOs which is really our THIRD FORCE per se, despite it being the flavor of the present. Bring all these under an umbrella organization empowered by the rakyat. But before you do this, get rid of your advisors but keep your son EZRA close to you. I have strong, good vibes about this young man.
Anyway, this post is not about Zaid really. It is more about our spendthrift Defence Minister Zahid whom Zaid warned about.
Reported in Malaysiakini, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has refuted his former fellow minister Zaid Ibrahim's allegation of spiralling costs in off-shore patrol vessels (OPVs).
Ahmad Zahid said the ministry has just signed a letter of intent for the project.
“We (the ministry) have not agreed on a suitable price for the project or the main contractors involved or its sub-contractor to provide the systems for the OPVs,” he said.
“How could Zaid know about this when there is nothing concrete being worked out yet. It seems he knows more than us and there is no deal finalised," said the defence minister.
Then quickly he shifted suddenly into a feared danger facing the world – Bioterrorism!
“The threat of bioterrorism has the potential to grow incrementally in the coming decades," he said.
Asked how ready Malaysia was to face such attacks, Ahmad Zahid agreed that the country's preparations had to be stepped up further. He revealed that besides hospitals, the country had little to fall back upon.
For this occasion I will agree with DM Zahid. Let’s go for preventive bioterrosism…..our two submarines can snuff out any maritime invasion and we certainly don’t need any OPVs. Don’t forget we have the third line of defence who could man the subs, yah? So, don’t snub our subs!
Even if our third line fails, we could take the cue from what Paris Hilton is reading:
Upon publication of his principles of war, Sun Tzu was summoned before a leading warrior king and asked to submit his theories to a test; Sun Tzu consented. Two companies of women, untrained in military matters, were formed up and each placed under the command of one of the king’s favorite concubines. They were armed and given cursory instruction in the then-current manual of arms and close order drill. Then, to the sound of drums, Sun Tzu gave the order, “Right turn!” The only response of the “companies” was one of laughter. Sun Tzu remarked: “If the words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame.” Again uttering the same command and receiving the same response, Sun Tzu then declared: “If the words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders are clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.” So saying and much to the consternation of the warrior king, Sun Tzu ordered the two company commanders beheaded and replaced by a member of each company. The execution was viewed by all, the drum was again sounded for drill, and the companies thereafter executed all maneuvers with perfect accuracy and precision, never venturing to utter a sound.
Since an embarrassing no-show after so much noise from our fierce 3rd liners we can fall back on our 4th liners.This would be our fourth line of defence….. our COWs …..