“There is something rotten in state of Malaysia, today”

“There is something rotten in the State of Denmark”, former Prime Minister and UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad quipped from William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, when started his speech to bloggers and writers, organised by Majlis Prihatin Malaysia (Prima) in Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya this morning. His speech was about the perception of the state of affairs in Malaysia now, felt by many Malaysians, from many angle and perspective.

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Personally, Tun Dr. Mahathir felt that there were an increased in the crime rates in the country. This view was strengthened based on former Inspector General of Police Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar’s regular column in the most recent Sunday Star, Fence eat the rice. He added that from Hanif’s writing, it seemed that there were two factions within the Police Force and some policemen were taking direct instructions from the Deputy Minister.

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He then rambled further about the increased in corruptions in the country lately. The corrupt practices no longer involved the Government directly, but now are implemented through GLCs, which awarded ‘direct negotiated’ contracts to certain quarters. He reminded that the country’s position in the international corruption index has regressed.

The sale of MV Agusta to Gevi Spa. for one Euro (RM 4.50) by Proton was an example he quoted. He said it was a mystery on who are the people behind Gevi Spa. and the Government offered no explanation for the sale of the acquired prize asset. Recently, Husqvarna (one of the brands under MV Agusta) was sold of by Gevi Spa to BMW for Euro 93 million. Tun Dr. Mahathir also added that the Securities Commission found the disposal acceptable, “Its alright that Proton disposed the RM 500 million asset for one Euro”. He cynically added “Proton is rich. What is RM 500 million compared to RM 10 billion”.

The 82 year old statesman reminded the danger of corruption already has been translated in the neighbouring countries where corruption is rampant. He said “There is an inducement of corruption by the Government and ruling party”, something which will continuously and vehemently be denied. The practice of vote buying in elections is dangerous. “If this is how we practiced democracy, then we will elect corrupt people into power”.

“I am not with the Oppositions. I am with the people, country and religion (Islam)”. He then explained the ‘dilemma’ he is in, as he put it “Telan mati mak, luah mati pak“. He was adamant being an UMNO man and love for UMNO. However, he no longer accept the UMNO leadership ways of getting things done. He admitted that he should not talk about campaigning against UMNO and BN. On the other hand, he said when UMNO and BN win again, “The leaders will claim that the people supported the leaders and not the party”. He meant that the people voted UMNO and BN for what the party stood for and championed although some leaders used the winnings as an illustration of ‘endorsement’ and ‘validation’ on the things they do, include the bad things.

Tun Dr. Mahathir focused a lot on the Malays and UMNO because he said the Malays are unlike the Chinese, who strategically use their votes wisely. Now its time the Malays pass the message to the leaders that the interests of the majority is paramount over their own personal agenda. He also reminded that the “social contract” should be preserved and not be re-written because the gist of the original ‘agreement’ and ‘understanding’ would be lost.

Tun Dr. Mahathir’s speech today undoubtedly was very cynical and full of sarcasm. He talked about how Malaysians nowadays no longer able to manage our own affairs that foreigners are invited with open arms. “Appoint Ministers from our neighbours to ‘advice’ how to develop our own projects in our own land”, which drew laughter and added “Putrajaya was a failed Mega Project because we did not consult our neighbours”. He further said “We should ask our neighbours to develop our ‘new corridors’.”.

He was sarcastic about the current administration which complained the previous administration spent too much on “Mega Projects” before and now themselves announced a lot of new “Mega Projects”. He touched on the Scenic Bridge Johor Causeway-replacement-project which was abruptly canceled by the Government March last year. He talked about the escalated New CIQ complex in Johor Bahru which rose from RM 900 million to RM 1.4 billion and now when its near completion, because of the cancellation of the Scenic Bridge, its left idle and unused. “We can afford it. The country is rich!”.

During Q and A, a question was posed about someone was quoted that “Khairy was like the younger Dr. Mahathir”. He answer was “Dr. Mahathir was a ‘dictator’ and spend all the money on Mega Projects until the country is almost bankrupt” and added “That is (also) Khairy!”. He crowd laughed.

Someone asked about his meeting with the Jewish financier George Soros and relations to the financial crisis of 1997-98, “Soros said he did not do it (attacked the RM). Nowadays, when you say you are not guilty, then you are not”. Cynically, he meant recently quoted Attorney General’s answer on the case against the ACA Director General.

Pro UMNO NGO Prowaris President Feriz Omar brought up the issue about how the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) Act was passed in haste that gave absolute power to the Minister. Feriz iterated that the Government had lied to the people for this and invited everyone to view their 20 point document and fight for this intolerable injustice. When replied, Tun Dr. Mahathir quipped that the IDR is ‘nominally owned’ by Malaysia but ‘technically administered’ by Singapore.

On Petronas issue, Tun Dr. Mahathir explained that the increased profits were due to the increased crude oil price because the cost of production remained the same. He also said the retail market price of natural gas, especially for the transport sector was subsidized because the cost of production is much higher.

Tun Dr. Mahathir’s parting words were “Terlalu banyak kesalahan sekarang” and “That’s why we need Bloggers!”. Of course, he wanted the Bloggers to tell the truth, not use profanities and make more Malaysians aware of the wrong doings, for the betterment of this country. It was a good day in deed because Tun Dr. Mahathir vehemently reiterated his call which he made in Johor Bahru on 10 February 2007 and again in Kulai on 29 March 2007 for UMNO people to do a leadership change and elaborated on it, which many in the audience today found it ‘enlightening’.

*Second photo is courtesy of Jinggo Photopages

** An update, Thursday 16 August 2007. Utusan Malaysia’s “Tidak perlu perbaharui sosial kontrak – Dr M“. Also read The Sun.e-Paper “Dr M: Khairy reference no compliment“.

 

 

Published in: on August 15, 2007 at 17:16  Comments (6)  

Dr. Mahathir on the “fence that eat the rice”

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was in Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Tronoh, this morning. He was invited to speak on “Wawasan Kemerdekaan Negara“. He spoke at length about how our freedom is now filled with the rampant corruption practices today that lurk in the walks of life of Malaysians.

He stressed that too many people with authority, including those who were elected by the people, betrayed their trust and sucked into corrupt practices. He also referred a lot on former longtime Inspector General of Police Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar’s column yesterday, “Fence that eat the rice” in the Sunday Star, in the context of ACA and police senior personnel involved too in these unscrupulous activities. Public faith on agencies that supposed to protect their interests in the eyes of the law have deteriorated and have now become ‘enemies of the people’.

Again, he reminded that the people deserve the Government they elect. Its a very bitter reminder from a well respected statesman. On the other hand, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi talked about the terrible bus accident near Taiping this morning, at the national facilities management conference. He was convinced that the highways were well managed and quick to blame on human errors, in the context of reckless driving for the accident.

Published in: on August 13, 2007 at 14:59  Comments (5)  

Khairy is no where anything like Dr. Mahathir

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was the former Prime Minister and UMNO President who served in both capacities for 22 1/3rd year. He had achieved many milestones and transformation within that period and a lot of what Malaysia is today has an almost direct co-relations to the decisions made, planned and implemented during his illustrious administration. However, some people would like to deny those and insult him by equation with a highly controversial “new-kid-on-the-block”.

In Joceline Tan’s usual Sunday Star political analysis column yesterday, she quoted a ‘political insider’, “Khairy reminds many of the young Dr. Mahathir”.

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How is it possible could anyone equate Dr. Mahathir to anyone else? When he was in his thirties, he was probably the only Malay doctor with his own private practice in Alor Star. He served the people fairly and even waived charges for poor rural folks who called on him. Tun Dr. Mahathir was known as the “UMNO Doctor” by many.

He did not flaunt his wealth. He was elected as member of UMNO Supreme Council through democratic means. He often spoke about the under development state of the Malays. He talked about the serious lacking of the Malays in education and business and entrepreneurism. He criticized the UMNO President and Prime Minister for the latter’s non chalant and complacent attitude towards the problems of the Malays, the majority of the country and also Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra’s obtuse lifestyle which is not reflective of the hardships of the people that he represented.

In short, Dr. Mahathir stood for the people.

Khairy Jamaluddin on the other hand is totally different. He did not contest for the UMNO Youth Deputy Head seat which was almost handed down to him when many UMNO Youth Divisions were “advised” to nominate him during the 2004 party elections.

He left his job as Deputy Principal Private Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office to buy RM nine million worth of shares in a public listed pseudo investment bank wannabe.

He flaunts his wealth and influence indiscriminately. He dashed around the land gallivanting in a USD 20 million helicopter, officiating and meeting one UMNO Youth Division after another (surprisingly, the other UMNO leaders who are also Cabinet ministers don’t do that). His mother recently bought a RM five million old bungalow in Damansara Heights and tore it down so that it can be rebuilt again.

At that age, he is the most powerful 31 year old man in the country. Most of the senior aides to the Prime Minister kow-tow to him. His ‘people’ are now special function officers in most strategic ministries. He has tentacles outreached as far as he can anywhere within important decision making process in this country.

Despite of being married to the daughter of the Prime Minister, he has been gossiped to be in close company of some of the most popular artistes in the country. In an OIC meeting last year on the Israeli aggression into Lebanon, he organized a rowdy demonstration at the KLCC Convention Centre and broke through a police cordon.

In short, Khairy Jamaluddin sounds like an unscrupulous leader.

Dato’ Mukhriz is the kind of man who said things that needed to be said. His gentlemenly and mild mannered way has great merits. For example, on the issue of Israeli aggression into Lebanon July last year, as the UMNO Youth Exco incharge of international affairs and NGO, he invited and organised a dialogue session with the American and British envoys, Israeli two biggest ally. However only the British envoy responded and they debated on the issue, openly. At the last UMNO Annual Assembly, Mukhriz gave his frank opinion, “nothing new” when asked about UMNO’s Presidential speech.

Like his father, Mukhriz has nothing to offer for UMNO people except his leadership. Muhkriz stood for UMNO Youth Exco in August 2004 and came with the highest votes polled. Thus the support UMNO gave Mukhriz is genuine. UMNO people do not talk about “chasing the hantu out from the haunted house” in the context of Mukhriz, like what happened to Pemuda PJ Selatan meeting on Saturday.

So how on earth can that ‘political insider’ equate Khairy to being the “political son” to Dr. Mahathir? When Dr. Mahathir was Khairy’s age, people within UMNO gave him support because he had nothing else to offer them but his leadership. Dr. Mahathir then, like Mukhriz now, had no contracts to award, no clout to provide and the support the UMNO people provided him is genuine.

Of course Dr. Mahathir’s children, die hard supporters and fans would be infuriated with this ‘political insider’ statement. This narrow attempt to equate Khairy as a “political son” to Dr. Mahathir is an insult to the latter’s legacy. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi already equated himself to be Tun Razak’s “political son” two months ago and so many people thought its distasteful. Is this another Wong Chun Wai game to spin?

Published in: on August 13, 2007 at 10:03  Comments (27)  

Ketua UMNO PJ Selatan gesa “hantu” dihalau dari Pemuda UMNO

Ketua UMNO Petaling Jaya Selatan, Kapten (B) Dato’ Zahar Hashim mengesa agar Ketua Pemuda UMNO Malaysia, YB Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein meneruskan memimpin Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO. Kapten Dato’ Zahar membuat gesaan demikian semasa ucapan beliau dimajlis Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan Pemuda UMNO Petaling Jaya Selatan yang berlangsung sebentar tadi di Sunway Resort Hotel, Petaling Jaya Selatan. Dato’ Hishamuddin adalah tetamu khas yang dijemput untuk merasmikan mesyuarat.

Beliau menyifatkan dalam ucapan bahawa Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO ini adalah umpama sebuah rumah “berhantu” sehingga ketua rumah ini ingin meninggalkan rumahnya. Beliau mengesa agar “hantu” dalam rumah ini dihalau sebaliknya. Jelas, Kapten Dato’ Zahar berkias “hantu” itu ialah orang no. 2 dalam pergerakan itu. Ini mendapat reaksi seronok dari para perwakilan yang hadir.

Dato’ Zahar terus menghuraikan bahawa nenda Dato’ Hishamuddin, Dato’ Onn Jaafar tidak sempat menyiapkan kerja kerjanya membangunkan Bangsa Melayu didalam UMNO. Juga ayahandanya, Dato’ Hussein Onn. Hujah kedua pula sumbangan melalui kedudukan Ketua Pemuda UMNO amatlah besar dan signifikan kepada pembangunan Bangsa Melayu. Hujah ketiga bahawa sekiranya ditakdirkan YAB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Najib Tun Razak mengantikan sebagai Presiden UMNO, tiada sebab kenapa Dato’ Hisham masih lagi sebagai Ketua Pemuda UMNO, yang juga Naib Presiden UMNO de facto tidak boleh dilantik sebagai Timbalan Presiden UMNO kepada Dato’ Seri Najib kerana ini adalah ibarat sejarah berulang semasa pemergian Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman; anak Tun Razak melantik anak Tun Hussein sebagai Timbalan Presiden UMNO.

Dato’ Zahar juga mengingatkan Pemuda UMNO bahawa Kepimpinan Pemuda UMNO perlu orang yang sebati pernah berjuang dengan dan untuk UMNO, sebaik baiknya mereka yang pernah menjadi ahli MKT UMNO. Beliau mengimbau sejarah dimana seorang di”parachut”kan kedudukan Ketua Pemuda UMNO; iaitu bagaimana Anwar Ibrahim pernah ditatang kedalam Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO dan kemudian akhirnya menghancurkan UMNO. Jelas bahawa peristiwa itu perlu diambil iktibar dan tidak dibiarkan sejarah berulang lagi.

Sememangnya gesaan dan peringatan Dato’ Zahar ini wajar diperhalusi dan timbangkan oleh Ketua dan seluruh warga Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO untuk kebaikan pergerakan itu dan UMNO secara amnya.

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on August 12, 2007 at 00:42  Comments (6)  

Air Asia X out to insult Malaysia

Earlier this year, AirAsia Boss Dato’ Tony Fernandes announced that FAX will be operating from Kuala Lumpur to Europe, probably starting with UK. Hence, Air Asia Express (Air Asia X) was born. Now they got Sir Richard Branson, the flamboyant billionaire owner of Virgin Atlantic to sign in as a shareholder.

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This could be regarded something unethical for Sir Richard. It is because Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier, have had code-share agreements with Virgin for so long. So for Sir Richard and Virgin to invest 20% in another airline that ply the same route, KUL-LON, is in conflict interests of the agreement.

On 14 May 2007 Air Asia X ordered 15 A330-300 aircrafts. 17 May 2007 Fernandes announced Air Asia X’s entry into the highly lucrative Australian market.

Of course some people would argue that the Air Asia X is not the same product which MAS and Virgin is serving. This would obviously create a competition for MAS, especially on its most popular and one of the most profitable route. For over 30 years now, most MAS’s planning on route management, including the acquisition of aircrafts, will be based on this route as the point of reference. For example, the order for the A380 mega jumbo 550 seat aircraft is planned for his highly lucrative route for MAS.

One funny element of Air Asia X’s amazing speed to get things done, which include landing rights and routes, especially to the UK. Usually, it will take years to get landing rights and routes approved by the bureaucratic British authorities. Some people believe that Air Asia X is swooping into landing rights that were meant to be for MAS’s additional flights to London, since MAS in the past planned their routes years in advance. This is not new since MAS official were told by Malaysian Ministry of Transport the decision to allocate routes to AirAsia which had been negotiated for MAS, like Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta and Bali sector.

Amongst the shareholders of Air Asia X are Fernandes, his partner, Dato’ Kamaruddin Meranun, Air Asia, Sir Richard, Riong Kali and FAX CEO. The tight collaboration between Riong Kali, Khairy Jamaluddin and Fernandes and Kamaruddin came into clear vision lately after the announcement of Fernandes being shareholders of ECM Libra Avenue recently.

Some people felt that for Fernandes to dress Sir Richard in a songket tengkolok and samping like that, in a business agreement ceremony was really distasteful. It is because the songket tengkolok and samping are ware for HRH Malay Rulers, the royal family, formal palace ceremonial events and occasions which involve Malay culture regalia, like weddings. A common Malay put on this ware when he receives honours from a HRH Malay Ruler. It is a ware to be treated with a lot of respect and protocol. It is not meant to be mocked for fun, like product launches and so forth.

Thus the start of Air Asia X had already insulted the Malay culture, a heritage provided under the Constitution. This event mocked a ware meant for honours investure day of HRH Malay Rulers.

Published in: on August 11, 2007 at 23:43  Comments (3)  

Sukhoi SU 30 MKMs handed over

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Najib Tun Razak received the log books for the six Sukhoi SU 30MKMs earlier this afternoon, marked the operations of the multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) in the Royal Malaysian Airforce (RMAF).

The log books were handed over to him by Victor Komardin, the deputy director of Rosboroexport, the Irkutz based manufacturers of the superior MRCA. He later handed over the log books to RMAF Chief Jen. Tan Sri Azizan Arifin. This ceremony took place in TUDM Subang.

The will be based in TUDM Gong Kedak, a specially built air force base in the border of Kelantan-Terengganu. It is part of 18 MRCAs ordered in a USD 900 million deal signed in April 2003. The acquisition is part of a RMAF modernization program for frontline MRCAs for the defense of realm. At the moment, four pilots and two weapon system officers are being trained intensively in Russia. The next four pilots would be trained by the Indian Air Force.

Today marked a milestone in the RMAF history.

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Published in: on August 11, 2007 at 01:03  Comments (1)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir calls on King Mswati III

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad called on visiting Swaziland King, HRH King Mswati III earlier this evening. The meeting took place at The Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur and lasted for 1 hour 20 minutes.

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HRH King Mswati III is here in Malaysia to attend the Langkawi International Dialogue which has just concluded on Tuesday evening. The meeting earlier this evening was on casual issues which both leaders had mutual interests. The monarch has a strong admiration for Tun Dr. Mahathir for the achievements that he had made Malaysia and stand on many international issues, especially involving under developed countries.

HRH King Mswati III was accompanied by his Minister of Regional Affairs and Development, Chief Sipho Ghongwe.

*Photo is courtesy of Mr Jinggo

Published in: on August 10, 2007 at 03:41  Comments (2)  

Riong Kali got it wrong again

Riong Kali is getting it all wrong again. NST published a story, “PM and Dr M share more than just dialogue”, which highlighted that the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad seemed to be pleased with the recently concluded Langkawi International Dialogue (LID). Then again what else to be expected from a spinmaestro.

Bernama.com published it as :

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MAGNANIMOUS DISPOSITION… Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (right) shaking hands with his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the closing dinner of the Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) 2007. Looking on is Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali (left).

The truth is that, this spate between the former and current Prime Minister, was never about anything personal. At least not from Tun Dr. Mahathir’s stand. His stinging criticisms in the open, which began in Kelab Century Paradise talk on 22 June 2006 were about issues. At his press conference after the four eyed meeting in Seri Perdana, two days before Hari Raya, 22 October 2006, he made it clear it was about issues detrimental to the nation and decision making process of the Prime Minister. PM took criticisms against his son’s companies getting contracts from GLCs and his son-in-law ‘invisible’ hand in politics as personal and it was widely known he never took this lightly.

Riong Kali has done it again. Of course Tun Dr. Mahathir was happy with this recent LID. The South-South-Smart-Partnership-Cooperation which he started since 1995 is still very much alive and the current administration made effort to see its continuity. It is obvious that Tun Dr. Mahathir is still very much relevant to programs like LID and his participation and contribution is still important.

Riong Kali has brought the NST to do the 11 June 2006 again. Then again, are we surprised by Riong Kali for this?

Published in: on August 9, 2007 at 13:13  Comments (1)  

PM’s aircraft is now in Malaysia

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The elusive A319CJ VVIP Jet which Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad (PMB) purchased, delivered by Airbus December last year and sent to Basel, Switzerland for outfitting is now a Malaysian registered aircraft. It now uses the pennant no. 9M-NAA. It was first featured as a scoop in Berita MyKMU.net on 25 January 2007. Again, featured in this blog as “The plane, the plane” on 17 February 2007, the day this blog started.

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi denied the aircraft was bought by the Government after the story hit sensation amongst Malaysians. Later, he explained PMB had bought the RM 200 million jet and not the Government.

However, something peculiar about the aircraft. The aircraft is donned in TUDM colours, exactly the same used by other VIP jets operated by No. 2 Squadron “Bayan”, based in TUDM Subang but it is not using the ‘M’ registration like the other TUDM aircrafts. Another peculiarity is that the aircraft will be operated, maintained and managed by a third party company. Brothers, a former B777 fleet manager with Malaysia Airlines and a former maintenance engineer with No. 2 Sqdn have formed a company to do the task.

Why the A319CJ VIP jet is being treated this way, no one is really clear. Why the aircraft is not operated, maintained and managed by Malaysia Airlines, the primary Government Link Company in aviation is also not so clear. When Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli managed Malaysia Airlines in the 90s, he ordered a BBJ at LIMA ’97, which was delivered in 2000 and operated by MAS Star, a subsidiary under Malaysia Airlines which provided charter VVIP jet. The Government chartered the use of this jet for the first time when DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuang Agong went to Sydney for the 2000 summer olympics game.

*Note. The photo shows the A319CJ in German registered number, before it was outfitted in Switzerland.

*An update. This is the photo of the A319CJ in the new colour scheme, with the 9M NAA number.

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Published in: on August 7, 2007 at 01:16  Comments (15)  

Remembering Hiroshima

At 8.15am today, marks the commemoration of the “Little Boy” atomic bomb being dropped at the City of Hiroshima, Japan, 62 years ago. US Army Air Corp strategic bomber Col. Paul Tibbets of the 509th Operations Group flew the B-29 Superfotress strategic bomber named “Enola Gay” and unleashed an unforgiving devastation and ravaging fury on to an innocent civilian population which destroyed the city completely, left 70,000 dead instantly and same number slowly died and suffered from injury of radiation sickness and burns.

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The weapon was brought to the group’s operations in West Pacific island of Tinian from San Francisco by the US Navy heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis which left Pearl Harbour on 19 July 1945 and arrived Tinian Island a week later.

Three days after Hiroshima, a similar bomb called “Fat Man” was dropped by another crew and B29 “Bockscar”, at the City of Nagasaki, with similar barbaric results. This led to the Japanese Imperial Forces unconditional surrender, announced on 15 August 1945. The World War II finally came to an end.

These weapons were developed by the United Sates of America under the “Manhattan Project“. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorised research and development of these first atomic bombs in 1942 and placed under the responsibility of Gen. Leslie R. Groves and renowned theorists physics professor from University of California, Berkeley, J. Robert Oppenheimer at the secret laboratories in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The successful first nuclear device, called “Gadget,” was detonated during the “Trinity” test near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were the second and third to be detonated and as of 2007 the only ones ever detonated in a military action. (See Weapons of Mass Destruction.)

The argument for deploying such a horrible weapon was minimalise the cost of lives and machinery to wage a war against Japan upon the landings of Allied Forces in mainland Japan. Germany already surrendered on 7 May 1945 ending the World War II in the European Theatre. Therefore, the pressure is compounding to end the war in Pacific, which variably much more complicated as they are now fighting Japanese in their own soil. This is regarded as the most devastating millitary action based on the momentous political decision. President Harry S. Truman okayed the deployment of the atomic bomb on the civilian target in Japan.

After the war ended, Soviet Union managed to get access to these atomic weapons. The development and practical demonstration brought upon by these barbaric bombings led to a race of building nuclear arsenal between the US and Soviet Union. The fear of global destruction for these weapons still loom within too many societies in the modern world today.

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This act of barbarism and horrible tragedy is remembered annually by the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and they vowed the unimaginable devastation against those hundreds of thousands innocent lives should not repeat again, ever. At the Perdana Global Peace Forum III organised in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur 5-7 February 2007, Perdana Leadership Foundation President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad declared the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings are atrocities committed against mankind.

Despite the devastation seen from the deployment if these two weapons of mass destruction, many armed forces in the world today still have nuclear weapons in their arsenal and more countries are developing them, which include India, Pakistan and Israel.

Published in: on August 6, 2007 at 01:18  Comments (6)