One Step Forward

(Malaysia’s very own “U-Boats” – image source:

Despite taking a damaging step backwards with the reversal of decision to teach Science and Mathematics in English and the submarine project was heavily tainted with the murder of the Altantuya Shaariibuu, Malaysians can be somewhat proud with their first operational Scorpene submarine.

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, named after the country’s first prime minister, was unveiled in a historic ceremony at the DCNS dockyard here, about 400km from Paris.

(Source: TheStar)

With a crew of 32, a maximum operating depth of 350m, submerged speed of over 20 knots, endurance of 50 days and 6 torpedo tubes for 18 torpedoes / missiles, the latest addition to the Royal Malaysian Navy is a big welcome.

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  1. What’s the point of Malaysia having a submarine? Are we with war with anyone? Or do we expect to go with war with anyone in the near future?

    Nah, I still think its a complete waste of money. And I can’t feel proud just because we have a submarine.

    1. We are not in war with anyone…yet but submarine is an effective tool to use against piracy and illegal encroachment of foreign fishing boats.

      Whilst it’s true that we spend alot for these submarines (we are buying 2 of it), there has been other incidents that we have spend a good deal of public money on wasteful adventures (e.g. taking page full advertisement to congratulate some politicians).

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