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The Royal Malaysian Navy will send personnel for training in France in preparation for the setting up of Malaysia#8217;s submarine unit in four years#8217; time.
THE Finance Ministry is seeking the Dewan Rakyat's approval of RM1.5bil as additional expenditure, including RM70mil towards organising the upcoming 10th OIC Summit.
A body to monitor all government transactions has been set up to prevent the recurrence of the fake treasury cheque scam where several states lost millions of ringgit to a syndicate.
The RM800mil Sepanggar Naval Base under construction in Sabah will be completed by the end of 2007, one year behind schedule, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said.
Local companies with a good track record with the Defence Ministry will be awarded contracts for a longer period. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said such contracts would allow companies to invest in research and development (RD) to enhance their services and products.
The first batch of submariners will begin their training in France next year ahead of the delivery of Malaysia's two French-built submarines in 2008.
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will transfer six patrol vessels to the National Maritime Enforcement Agency (NMEA) in June.
The pride of the nation - Malaysia's first submarine is expected to cruise home, manned by the country's first ever submarine crew by the middle of 2009.
Compiled by Wong Li Za
EUROFILE BY CHOI TUCK WO.