Cotton buds and washcloths: How much LCS money was used to buy basic necessities, questions Rafizi

PETALING JAYA: Questions have been raised about how much money from the littoral combat ship (LCS) project meant for spare parts procurement were used to buy basic daily necessities.

PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli, shared an excerpt from the recently declassified forensic audit report, which said the purchase orders issued to Alizes Marine – a company flagged by auditors for dubious transactions – included items such as mineral water, cotton buds, cleaning cloths and fans, among others.

However, the information had been redacted from paragraph 2.6.20 of the forensic audit report which had been made public.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (Aug 25) he posted the redacted paragraphs which supposedly read:

"Global purchase orders (PO) issued to Alizes Marine contained certain items which did not belong to depot level spare parts (repairs and maintenance).

"This signified the level of discrepancy and deception in the process of procurement."

He noted that Alizes Marine was given a RM210mil contract to supply spare parts for the combat ship project between 2011 and 2015.

Rafizi said there were pertinent questions that needed answers as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report revealed that up to RM1.7bil had been spent on spare parts but none of the vessels had been completed yet.

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