PETALING JAYA: A royal commission of inquiry (RCI) must be formed to investigate the littoral combat ship (LCS) project scandal, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic).
The Perikatan Nasional chairman said the scandal involving losses in the billions of ringgit had also affected the Royal Malaysian Navy's ability to keep the country's territorial waters secure.
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"The recent expose by former navy chief Tan Sri Dr Abdul Aziz Jaafar on his objection to the acquisition of this project through several letters sent to the former defence minister at the time has really surprised us," he said in a Facebook posting late Tuesday (Aug 9) night.
"This objection was, however, ignored by the minister," he added.
Umno Youth had also made a similar call for the government to set up a RCI to probe the project.
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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report presented to Parliament on Aug 4 said some RM1.4bil in government allocation for the LCS project that was signed in 2014 was used for other purposes, including cost overruns.
Muhyiddin added it was unfortunate that such cases were still happening.