Probe on into missing RM50mil jet engine

(Free Malaysia Today) – A probe is continuing into how a RM50million fighter jet engine belonging to the Royal Malaysian Air Force went missing from the Sungei Besi base in 2007when the  current Prime Minister  Najib Abdul Razak was Defence Minister.

The engine was sold to an international company based in South Africa.  Also found missing were maintenance and other service records of the jet.

It was reported that the General Electric J85-21A afterburner turbojet engine, which served as a power plant for the single-seater F-5E Tiger 11 and RF-5E Tigereye, went missing  late last year during a routine maintenance service check.

Yesterday, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi blamed the well-planned theft and sale of the engine on  a group of low-ranking officers working in cahoots with civilians.