This fascinating picture is of a Boeing 737-200 aircraft belonging to Gading Sari Aviation Services Sdn Bhd which was was trying to land at Kuching International Airport , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 5.52am on Sunday14th January 2007. The plane skidded and spun 180 degrees before coming to rest on a grassy area off the runway.(Pic looks suspiciously photoshopped on tail)
Its wheels and right engine came off during the crash-landing and the fuselage was badly damaged. Several taxiway and runway lights were also destroyed.The crew of four were unharmed.
As a result the airport for 6 hours and discommoded 2,200 pasengers due to fly out on 16 Malaysia Airlines and 14 AirAsia flights.
The aircraft was operating as a mail courier for Pos Malaysia Bhd (The Malaysian Post Office) and had left Subang airport at 4am.In Petaling Jaya, Pos Malaysia chief operating officer Mohd Zarif Hashim said Pos Malaysia uses one aircraft to send mail from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah and Sarawak on Monday and two from Tuesday to Saturday.
Pos Malaysia Bhd and Gading Sari Aviation Services are reported to be rushing to get approval from the authorities which would allow an aircraft to be brought in from Indonesia as a stop-gap measure.
“There will be minimal disruptions in mail services to Sabah and Sarawak,” said Mohd Zarif
Sisuahlai who has been blogging for 2 years provides the above here and also an intriuging link (now blocked) but a mirror is available to some fascinating documents. http://mt.harapanmalaysia.com/2008/content/view/11764/84/
You have probably read that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak insists that Anwar Ibrahim swear on the Quran that he DID NOT sodomise Saiful Bukhari Azlan. Anwar won't
But everyone is anxious for Najib to swear he didn't sign this letter ...
Which involves how Gading Sari Aviation Services Sdn Bhd got the contract to carry mail for Pos Malaysia Bhd.
Gading Sari Aviation Services is a helicopter rental company owned by Tengku Abdullah, the son of the Sultan of Pahang. Tengku Abdullah owns 750,000 shares in the company while Raja Mufik Affandi Bin Raja Khalid owns 250,000 shares and Md Ismail Bin Abdul Kader the balance 4 million shares. Raja Mufik and Md Ismail are both Directors of the company.
The question that begs an answer is how could Gading Sari Aviation Services get a contract from Pos Malaysia when it does not even own any aircraft plus it was the highest bidder?
On Wednesday, 18 June 2008, the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) raided premises and offfices of Pos Malaysia Bhd. the day before their Annual General meeting.
Gading Sari Aviation Services Sdn Bhd’s contract with Pos Maylaysia had, in fact, already been terminated on 31 March 2008 but then Pos Malaysia received instructions from the Deputy Prime Minister’s office to reinstate the contract .
To all this add Pos Malaysia is losing millions of Ringgit. "Pos Malaysia has also been given the task of refunding the RM625 to each car owner eligible for a rebate. And we also hear that RM1 billion has been handed over to Pos Malaysia for ‘safe-keeping’ to meet the cost of these rebates.Transmile Group Bhd, on the other hand, is an air cargo operator, which made the news last year for alleged financial irregularities amounting to RM700 million. Pos Malaysia holds a 14.99 % stake which has debts to the tune of RM535.8 million.
Managing director and group chief executive officer, Datuk Abu Huraira Abu Yazid said that Pos Malaysia does not intend to reduce its stake in Transmile Group Bhd. “The issue does not arise at the moment. We must give Transmile time to turn around its operations and improve the financial position.”
"What was the role of Pos Malaysia’s then executive chairman, Tan Sri Zainol, in the decision to award the contract to Transmile Group? It would be good if we can also find out the link with Megantara Air, an Indonesian company owned by Daniel, Tan Sri Zainol’s son-in-law."
"Let us hope the ACA investigation shows some results and not end up as a NFA (no further action) like so many other scandals involving those who walk in the corridors of power. In the first place, both these companies are not qualified to get these contracts plus their prices were the highest. Then, when Pos Malaysia does the right thing by terminating Gading Sari Aviation Services’ contract, someone powerful in the corridors of power instructs them to reinstate the contract. The ACA investigation should not stop at Pos Malaysia. It should extend to those who walk in the corridors of power, to the Prime Minister’s and Deputy Prime Minister’s office if need be."
Murky Malaysian waters which we are as baffled as probably the reader is. IT doe however help to explain headlines about Anwar Ibrahim's claim that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that he did not know nor had any relationship with Altantuya Shaariibuu, who was murdered in 2006 is false.
In his Permatang Pauh by-election campaign, Anwar had alleged that Najib had a relationship with the Mongolian woman.
This is in some way and somehow connected with the claim by Anwar’s former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, who has accused his former boss of sodomising him at Unit 1151, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setia Kasih, Damasara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. and had sworn on the Quran regarding his claims at the Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 15.
Go here for a lengthy detailed explanation of why swearing on the Quran (or failing to swear) is of special significance to Malay mainland Muslims.
Anwar Ibrahim elected (again ) today
Meanwhile in a bye election Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has won the Permatang Pauh by-election.
The PKR de-facto leader was returned to Parliament with a majority of 15,671 votes, exceeding the 13,388-vote majority won by his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in the March 8 general election.
Anwar got 31,195 votes to beat Barisan candidate Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, who polled 15,524 votes, while Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia candidate Hanafi Hamat lost his RM15,000 deposit after getting only 92 votes. There were 447 spoilt votes.
Voter turnout was relatively high, at about 80% of the total of 58,459 registered voters in the constituency.
Anwar gave a victory speech and made some very pointed remarks ...
"Permatang Pauh has given a clear signal to the leadership of this country. We demand change. We want freedom. We don't want to live with corruption and oppression.
"We want an independent judiciary, we want the economy to benefit the vast majority not the corrupt few," he added.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the result was proof that democracy was still alive in the country and there was no manipulation involved.
"As we have pointed out right from the start, we would be facing a tough challenge," he said.
The closely watched by-election was called after Dr Wan Azizah resigned as the MP on July 31 to enable her husband to run for election.
Anwar held the seat for four terms before he was sacked from his Deputy Prime Minister's post in 1998 under corruption and sodomy charges.
Dr Wan Azizah, who had been known as a reluctant politician, won the seat for a third term in March.