I agree that our sea surveillance needs to be enhanced. Of course our military must be equipped with state-of-the-art technology. High speed patrol boats are one of these.
However, a whopping RM6 billion for 6 patrol boats is beyond comprehension. I dont know how Mindef or MoF arrived at the figure or whether Boustead Heavy Industry has recommended that price.
But still, RM1 billion for a boat is simply an exaggeration. Even Norway and Sweden, two countries that produce the finest patrol boats on earth do not have such price tags. Unless if we want them (or other makers) to design and build extraordinary boats.
Let's not repeat the same mistakes again and again. Remember the submarine issue? Its fine that the govt has appointed Boustead to do the shopping but are we retaining the same group of people who twisted our arms once?
How old is our navy now? 10, 15 or 20 years? Its more than that, right? So, why talk technology transfer if we still need to continue buying such items? We spent so much money on 'transfer talks' but nothing seemed to happen.
We already have Proton, Perodua and two satellites well-placed in the orbit, and yet we cant afford to build our own patrol boats for our own use!
Blimme... I forgot that we have so much money to spend, including that RM60 million to refurbish the PM's official residence and sending irrelevant people overseas on 'govt official business'.
If Singapore can develop the 'fearless class' patrol vessel, what is the capability of our Lumut and other local dockyards? The Republic's boats are armed with 76mm cannon, Simbad AA and Gabriel SSM missiles and 308mm torpedos. The 300-tonne vessel can easily notch over 20 knots of speed and is more vicious than the ANZAC frigate.
Again, why cant we build our own patrol boats? How big and sophisticated a RM1 billion patrol boat can be?
On top of that, who is getting the commission this time?