SEVERAL individuals, including former defence minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, will be summoned by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over the acquisition of several Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) costing RM9bil.
PAC chairman Wong Kah Woh also said former navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar and a representative from Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS), as the main contractor of the LCS, will also be summoned to the proceedings that will resume early January next year.
“PAC will also conduct a visit to the LCS construction site in Lumut, Perak, in January.
“PAC is aiming to complete and table the report regarding the supply of six second generation LCS in the March Parliamentary session, ” Wong said yesterday.
At the same time, Wong said the PAC has held four meetings and proceedings over the issue, where Auditor-General Datuk Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid, Defence Ministry secretary-general Datuk Muez Abd Aziz, former Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, and several other individuals had been summoned.
He said the government must find a solution to the matter as soon as possible as the failure to complete the construction of the LCS is a serious matter.
“Because it not only involves the weakness or failure in terms of administration, acquisition and finances, but it also impacts the nation’s defence and security.”
A littoral combat vessel is a relatively small vessel designed for operations near shore, with its size allowing it greater agility in the generally shallower areas of the sea, plus the ability to be quickly reconfigured to play various roles.
Previously, it was reported that RM5.94bil was paid to BNS for the project that was commissioned in 2014, with the first vessel scheduled for delivery in April 2019.
However, none of the ships has been completed to date.
In September, former defence minister Liew Chin Tong claimed that RM1bil paid for the ships could not be traced.
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