Let's make it simple. We dont need an Einstein brain to balance this fact. Our AG says no senior Mindef officials were involved in the F5E engine scandal.
He adds that low ranking officials might have been involved. By simple logic, such a major transaction needs full authority from the top. No low-ranking official can easily take it in his own hand.
Furthermore, this is the Armed Forces we are talking about. Even to purchase A4 papers needs endorsement from the right personnel. Any purchase of trucks and other military equipment MUST get prior approval. Who has the upper hands in this?
We have heard many government letterheads got smuggled out from various ministries and agencies. The culprit is of course people inside this offices. Its a small matter, I suppose.
However, this is a jetfighter engine weighing a few tons. How do you smuggle it out of the camp or from the maintenance lot? Should any low-ranking officials take it out, many would question it - who's directive? This is not A4 paper!
Who actually issued order for the engine to go to service? Who signed the invoice or related documents? Why was there not a single member of the 'inner circle' noticed that the engine is gone two years later? How did the engine find its way to Uruguay? By air? By sea?
Who was the person at the port or airport giving a 'pass' for such an 'export'? Someone with authority must be involved. Otherwise, how to carry out such an operation?
Yes, let us leave it to Bukit Aman to investigate but the burning question still hovers around who was actually involved. If not top personnels are involved, there must be links. Or... will there be another Razak Baginda?