LCS project to continue as it is important to Navy, says Hisham

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein during press conference after visit the newly-opened polyclinic at Kem Penrissen in Kuching. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

KUCHING: The government will continue with the littoral combat ship (LCS) project to meet the Royal Malaysian Navy's needs, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

The Defence Minister said the recommendations of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the troubled project would be taken into consideration.

"I have informed the Cabinet and PAC about the timeline to complete the ships.

"What is important now is our journey in the next six months after getting the green light from the Cabinet to continue the project," he told a press conference after opening the Armed Forces polyclinic at Kem Penrissen here on Friday (Aug 5).

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On Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's call for phase six of the LCS project to be cancelled, Hishammuddin said it was made for political mileage.

He said cancelling the project would go against the PAC's recommendations as well as the Pakatan Harapan administration's decision to continue it when the coalition was in power.

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"If you look at the PAC report and its recommendations, none of them says the project should be cancelled.

"In addition, over 400 vendors are depending on the project to continue, 90% of whom are involved with Armed Forces veterans.

"If (Anwar) wants to help the veterans, cancelling the project is not the way to do it," Hishammuddin said.

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On Thursday (Aug 4), the Opposition leader had called for phase six of the project to be cancelled as it had not started.

He said the RM571mil allocation for phase six should be used instead to address the rising cost of living and the welfare and pensions of veterans.

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