|08KUALALUMPUR793||2008-09-10 05:11:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Kuala Lumpur|
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UNCLAS KUALA LUMPUR 000793
1. Pursuant to ref, Econoff in late August and early
September 2008 was in email and phone contact with Zetro
Services, a subsidiary of Zetro Aerospace Corporation. Zetro
Services proved to be a cooperative, professional, and
well-known company. While we were unable to receive any
answers from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), our
communication with Zetro was very positive and we believe
that the company ordered the ref list of C-130 transport
aircraft parts for the RMAF Markas Logistik Udara unit. The
primary Zetro Services representative, Lt. Col. (Rtd.)
Arifuddin Ariffin, said that all parts would be stored by
RMAF. He said he could not speak for RMAF, but believed that
the storage location would be at the RMAF Markas Logistik
Udara. Attempts to learn more from RMAF were unsuccessful,
and Embassy DAO and ODC offices were unable to learn anything
through their RMAF contacts. However, DAO and ODC spoke
highly of Zetro's professionalism and service.
2. Zetro Services explained that Zetro did order the ref list
of C-130 parts, specifically the 10720-2 Gasket (quantity:
18), MD650 Lamp Indicating (quantity: 105), and 15458-1 Coil
Relay (quantity: 4) for RMAF. As background, Ariffin
explained that Zetro -- a private company -- was formed in
1982, received an official Government of Malaysia (GOM)
registration number (236761-P), and is owned by (Mr.) Dato'
Mohamed ((Zamri)) bin Hj. Muda. The company said that it
purchases avionics parts for RMAF, but also procures "ground"
electronics" such as radios, radar, navigational aids, and
electronic warfare equipment.
3. Ariffin said that Zetro on 07 November 1998 was awarded
two contracts from the GOM which allow them permission to
order/purchase parts for all aircraft within the RMAF's
inventory. The first contract was given the GOM registration
number of KP/PERO-3/UDARA/B/06/1998 (OE) and is for
"Contractorisation Agreement for the Supply of Articles
and/or Equipment/Systems, Services, and Technical Assistance
for Avionics, Aircraft Radio, Aircraft Radar, Aircraft
Instruments, Aircraft Electrical, Aircraft Electronics
Warfare, and Aircraft Mission Planning Equipment Systems and
Accessories, and any Test Equipment and Special Tools." The
second contract was given the GOM registration number of
KP/PERO-3/UDARA/D/05/1998 (OE) and is for "Contractorisation
Agreement for the Supply of Articles and/or Equipment
Systems, Services, and Technical Assistance for Ground
Electronics, Ground Radio, Ground Radar, Ground Navigational
Aids, Electronic Warfare Equipment Systems and Accessories,
and any Test Equipment and related Ground Support Equipment
and Special Tools."
4. Ariffin listed other GOM customers as the Royal Malaysian
Police (RMP) and the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
Ariffin said that Zetro Aerospace and, by default, Zetro
Services fully understand the restrictions on the U.S
Munitions List (USML) items, especially the prohibition
against unauthorized re-transfers or re-exports of USML
items. Ariffin said he personally attended the U.S. Export
Controls Seminar on 07 April 2008.
5. Although only one side of the story was obtained
(Zetro's), the company's professional demeanor and
cooperation tend to support our opinion that this license
order was legitimate. Continued lack of cooperation and
contact from RMAF prohibit a complete readout, but DAO and
ODC officers spoke highly of Zetro and said it was one of the
most professional companies in Malaysia.