SHAH ALAM: Plan B, Whither the LMS? As it appears that the LMS contract will be honoured, PM Tun Mahathir Mohammad yesterday announced that a committee has been set to look into the government processes.
The Investigative Committee of Administrative Affairs, Procurement and Finance will be headed by former auditor-general Ambrin Buang. The first ministry Ambrin has been tasked is the Defence Ministry, Mahathir says.
It is not known yet whether the committee will investigate the LMS deal though several quarters have already asked that the deal be reviewed or cancelled.
On 23 March 2017, BHIC signed two formalised a contract worth RM1.17 billion with the Ministry
of Defence to supply four units of Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) in collaboration with a partner shipyard in China. All three signings were witnessed by Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
Despite the talk that the LMS contract is continuing there is no word yet on when the steel for the first ship of the class will be cut. It was supposed to be last month but it has not been done yet.
The delay does not bode well for a project already losing its lustre due to the connections with the previous administration apart from the calls for it to be cancel of course. Despite the newly setup committee, I think the LMS’s fate will hinge on what the government do with the ECRL project. If its cancelled or even reviewed, the LMS is doomed. Not a bad thing, really.
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