Tok Mat to deliberate on LCS issue soon

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly appointed Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said that the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) ship issue will be deliberated soon.

"Let me sit in the office first before making any move so that we can examine the matter," he told reporters after clocking in for the first time at the ministry's headquarters on Monday (Dec 5).

On Aug 4, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) revealed that some RM1.4bil in government allocations for the LCS project had been used for other purposes, including cost overruns.

The two-year probe by PAC also revealed that the RM9bil project was done through direct negotiations with BNSSB and was inked in 2014.

Two reports were subsequently declassified, including the one by the governance, procurement, and finance investigation committee, which said that the cost of completing the six LCS might balloon to RM11.145bil.

On Aug 17, former Navy chief Tan Sri Ahmad Ramli Mohd Nor, who is the former managing director of BNSSB, was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust involving RM21.08mil over the project.

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