Having vehicles break down in the middle of city streets and causing traffic jams are relatively common scenes but it is not every day you would see a military tank break down in the city centre.
On Friday (26 August), a Malaysian Army battle tank broke down along Jalan Damansara, at the slip road near Carcosa to Kuala Lumpur Sentral. The incident was first reported by DBKL’s Kuala Lumpur Control and Command Centre via its Twitter account.
The incident was said to have occurred around 10.49 am and it has contributed to the traffic in the area.
The CCTV footage also saw a member of military personnel help to divert the flow of traffic. Two other individuals clad in camouflage uniforms were also seen on the tank, one near the tank’s turret, and another near the hatch.
According to FMT, another tank was brought in by the army to tow the stalled one away from the scene at 11.21 am.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall told The Star that the stalled tank was meant to have been part of a rehearsal for the upcoming Merdeka Day rehearsal.
The incident has also caught the attention of netizens, who took to the comment section to poke fun at the authorities. Some even alluded to the recent Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) scandal involving Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd.
“How is this supposed to go into war… nothing has happened, and it already broke down,” a netizen said.
“Imagine if we are at war…. the enemy must be laughing,” another netizen said.
On the other hand, some netizens pointed out the seriousness of this issue and said that such assets should have a maintenance schedule so that it remains ever ready.
“The question is, is it being done? This isn’t a regular asset like a bus making the rounds. This is for national defense.” a netizen said.
“We all have to realise that our national security is actually at stake. Starting from the jet fighter with no engine, then a submarine that cannot submerge, a helicopter that is not reliable, a battleship that takes forever to complete, and now a tank that breaks down. Have we truly achieved independence?” another netizen commented.
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