Japan to give P-3C Orion plane for free? Viral reports false

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SUBANG: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has refuted reports that the Japanese government will hand over a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to Malaysia for free.

RMAF chief General Affendi Buang said reports on local and foreign media portals on the matter, which went viral, were not true.

“It could be a rumour … we did not receive any offer or decision officially so far,” he told a media conference after an RMAF innovation award presentation ceremony here today.

Affendi made the statement when asked to comment on the information which went viral on social websites that the Japanese government was reported to be seeking ways to give Malaysia the P-3C Orion maritime patrol plane for free.

Several foreign portals, including those in Japan, have been reporting on the matter over the past one week.

Earlier, Affendi presented RMAF innovation award certificates to winners of various categories, including for Human Resource Innovation, Project Management Innovation, Information Technology and Communications Management Innovation, Finance Management Innovation and Customer Management Innovation.

The winners took home a cash prize of RM1,500, a certificate and a trophy each.

Affendi said he hoped the innovation products would be adopted by RMAF staff to carry out work more efficiently.

He also presented the Green Endorsement Award to four officers for skilfully piloting an aircraft during an emergency and the Safe Flight Award to 11 officers for accident-free records.