Key LCS project documents must be fully declassified, says PAC

PETALING JAYA: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has welcomed the Cabinet’s decision to accept its recommendations relating to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) scandal including the suggestion to declassify key documents.

The two recommendations include the declassification of the the report by the Investigating Committee on Procurement, Governance and Finance (JKSTUPKK) headed by former Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang and for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to act immediately on the findings of the report.

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“The PAC would like to remind the government and stress that the decision to declassify the report has to be implemented completely and not like what was done with the JKSTUPKK report on the AES project where key information was redacted on the pretext of protecting the government’s interest,” the committee’s chairman Wong Kah Woh said in a statement.

He said the government’s proactive decision towards PAC’s recommendations proves that the efforts by the committee is important to ensure there is compliance to government procurement and financial guidelines for the people and the country’s interest.

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The Ipoh Timur MP said the committee will continue to monitor the government’s compliance and implementation of the PAC’s recommendations in the report on the LCS ships.

“It proves that the legislative branch is capable of fulfilling its important function which is to ensure check and balance in the executive branch in a healthy system of parliamentary democracy,” he said.

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had said the Cabinet wants the anti-graft agency to expedite its investigation of the LCS scandal and for the Attorney General to prosecute those responsible if there is proof of wrongdoing.

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In a statement earlier, he said he had met with Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun and MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki after the Cabinet meeting to inform them of the decision on the issue.

Ismail Sabri said the Cabinet also decided for the Investigating Committee on Procurement, Governance and Finance Report headed by former Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang to be made public.

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The Cabinet has also proposed that the forensic audit report on LCS that was conducted in 2019 be declassified.

"However, the views and advice of the Attorney General and the Auditor-General will have to be sought before this can be done," he added.

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