Three witnesses give statements at PAC's LCS proceedings

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) held a working visit and proceedings on the progress of the second-generation littoral combat ships (LCS) owned by the Navy.

PAC chairman Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, in a statement on Saturday (June 10), said three witnesses testified from 2.30pm to 6pm on Saturday at the Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS), Lumut Naval Base in Perak.

Those who testified were the Defence Ministry's deputy secretary-general (Development) Datuk Dr Shahrazat Ahmad, BNS chairman Datuk Ahmad Nazim Abd Rahman and BNS chief executive officer Azhar Jummat, she said.

"PAC members also took about two hours to see for themselves the construction status of the LCS starting at 10am," she said.

She added that the proceedings focused on the LCS project progress report that the Defence Ministry had to present every three months to the PAC until the LCS project was completed in line with the recommendation of 14th Parliament's PAC.

"PAC is committed to present the LCS project progress report, which will touch on the progress of LCS construction achieved from October 2022 until May 2023 which will be debated at the Third Meeting, Second Term, of the 15th Parliament from Oct 9 to Nov 30," she said.

Earlier, the construction of the LCS ships was embroiled in a controversy when PAC revealed that not a single unit had been completed, even though the government had paid RM6.08bil to BNS. – Bernama

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