PETALING JAYA: Now that the action against National Feedlot Corporation is inching forward, I sincerely hope that a probe on the Patrol Vessel project and its former top officials would also begin immediately.
This is not first time I had asked for an investigation on the PV project but since we are talking about the need to be transparent on such matters and with the apparent effectiveness of the Anti Money Laundering Act 2001 to investigate dirty tricks, it is the best time to stir up some panties.
The NFC fiasco is peanuts compared to the PV project. The PV project originally started at RM5.35 billion and we, the tax payers ended up forking at least another RM4 billion to complete the project.
And like Cowgate, the whole affair of PV had already been laid bare by the Auditor General’s 2006 report. In fact, all the alleged wrong-doings at NFC are eerily similar at the PSC-Naval Dockyard Sdn Sdn Bhd, the company given the contract to build the PVs.
From the Auditor Report:
Bagi melaksanakan perolehan PV, peruntukan berjumlah RM5.35 bilion telah diluluskan daripada RM5.49 bilion yang dipohon. Daripada jumlah yang diluluskan, sejumlah RM4.47 bilion atau 83.6% telah dibelanjakan. Jumlah tersebut adalah termasuk RM1.07 bilion bagi bayaran wang pendahuluan kepada syarikat PSCNDSB dan RM217.27 juta bagi menjelaskan tuntutan Commercial Package
Read the whole report. Here
Like the NFC fiasco, the whole shambolic fiasco of the PV project happened under the watch of many powerful people. If the probe uncovered the link between these people and saudara Amin Shah, so be it.
I might add that if a probe had been done on the PV project following the publication of the 2006 AG report, and throw the book at the people involved, it is likely that the Cowgate episode would not have occurred at all.
We will also not be debating about the value of the SGPV project also.
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