Businessman remanded five days for submitting false documents over procurement of warships

PUTRAJAYA: A businessman has been remanded to assist in investigations into allegations that false details were submitted for claims worth RM24mil related to the procurement of six littoral combat ships (LCS).

The suspect, believed to be a broker, was arrested when he was summoned to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters here at 9.30pm on Tuesday (Jan 25).

It is learnt that investigators had obtained a five-day remand order on Wednesday (Jan 26) from the Magistrate’s Court.

Sources said the 62-year-old suspect had submitted documents containing false information to a shipping company through three companies.

On Tuesday, the MACC had remanded a chief executive officer in connection with the case.

A former top gun of Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad was also summoned to have his statement recorded.

It was previously reported that the project, worth more than RM9bil, was awarded in 2014 and the order was for six LCS to be constructed by Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS).

The ship should have been delivered in April 2019, but not one ship has been built despite the government having already paid the company RM6bil.

In November 2020, BNS’ parent company Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Bhd had lodged a report with the MACC for a probe to he held on possible irregularities in the LCS project.

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