PETALING JAYA: The 41 Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) personnel including a brigadier-general were not sacked due to the theft of two RM50mil turbojet engines.
In a statement released yesterday, the RMAF said the 41 were sacked due to incompetency issues and poor working performances.
“The decision to sack them was taken before the engines were discovered missing,” said the RMAF.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had ordered the police to conduct further investigations into the missing jet engines.
He added that the A-G’s Chambers had returned the investigation papers to the police.
“We will continue to investigate and update the papers before sending them back to the A-G for further action,” he said after launching the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) anniversary celebration here yesterday.
Musa also did not rule out the possibility of more arrests in connection with the thefts.
It is learnt recently that the General Electric J85-21A afterburner turbojet engines (the power plant for the single-seater F-5E Tiger 11 and RF-5E Tigereye) were shipped off from Port Klang to a third country before ending up in Argentina.
Several senior RMAF officers, including generals, are expected to be quizzed by the police in connection with the theft while four people, including three low-ranking RMAF personnel had been arrested and released on bail over the theft.
The F-5E planes were used by the RMAF from 1974 to 1999 before they were replaced by MiG-29N and F/A-18D.
The planes were reactivated for reconnaissance and training purposes in 2003.
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