THE Auditor-General's Report on seven projects and activities by government statutory bodies had highlighted five general weaknesses.
They were improper payment, work or supplies not according to specifications, low quality or unreasonable delays, wastage, and weakness in management of products and assets.
I was hoping the report would also comment on the military equipment and hardware that the armed forces have. But there were none.
The Malaysian Armed Forces 80th anniversary parade last month showcased their might and all the assets were displayed, including the army's Royal Armoured Corps Polish-made PT 91M (Pendekar) main battle tanks and the Scorpion tanks, Royal Malaysian Artillery Regiment's rockets and missile systems, 155mm artillery gun howitzers and air defence equipment, the air force's latest jet fighters, support and transport aircraft, the navy's warships and submarines. It was an impressive show.
However, in the Lahad Datu incursion recently, the army needed the services of AirAsia's Airbus to fly troops from the peninsula to Sabah as most of the Hercules C-130 transport aircraft were unserviceable.
Our tanks, the Scorpions and the PT 91 M Polish-made Pendekar, which are the pride of the army, were not deployed and we only saw the Hawks and the Hornets doing the bombing and strafing operations to weaken the enemy.
The operations were, of course, supported by the air force's helicopter gunships.
Where were the jet fighters like the Russian-made Sukhois and MIGs?
The Lahad Datu incursion was a wake-up call for all, especially the armed forces.
If it is not carried out yet, it is now time to audit the personnel and equipment to make sure they are prepared for any eventuality.
Captain (Rtd) Hussaini Abdul Karim, Shah Alam, Selangor New Straits Times Opinion Letters-to-the-editor