SHAH ALAM: First LCS by 2025? In his wrap-up speech on the budget, Defence Minister DS Hishammuddin Hussein told Parliament today, that the RMN will take delivery of the first LCS by 2025. As that was the last line of his speech on the issue, it was unclear if it was just delivery or commissioning. Delivery means that the ship is taken out for trials before acceptance into service which is commissioning.
So there is a probability that the PCU Maharaja Lela will be commissioned into service in 2025 or otherwise (as I mentioned before) as the revival project has not been approved yet. Only when the government approved the revival plan, work on the ships could be restarted.
Another angle of the keel of the first LCS, most likely from the bow end when Hishammudin Hussein launched the first keel in 2016. H20 picture
Hishammuddin on the reason why to revive the project:
Well, we can’t look back anymore. What has happened turned out to be a considerable lesson for the Government. For the way forward, the revival plan will be tabled to the cabinet for approval. If approved, the target is for TLDM to take delivery of the first LCS vessel in 2025
Looking at the speech text itself, it is interesting to note that Hishammuddin did not mentioned his own involvement in the LCS project – despite a lengthy brief on the background of it. It is also revealing that he used the reasons behind the delay of the project as stated by the next previous minister, Mohammad Sabu who told Parliament.
pada 29 Oktober 2019 telah menjelaskan 3 faktor yang menjadi punca kelewatan perolehan
i. Kontraktor gagal siapkan reka bentuk dalam tempoh
ii. Kontraktor lewat muktamadkan perolehan sebahagian
iii. Kualiti kerja yang tidak ikut spesifikasi
I am pretty sure Hishammudin was glad to accept the findings as it absolved him and others in the Najib administration of the fiasco. Hishammuddin also stated that the decision in 2019 to continue with the LCS project as approved by the PH Government then was agreed upon by the current government (and the previous one). He said they had no other choice to continue with the project as it was an important asset needed by the RMN as well as just as important to the vendors and their workers.
Hishammuddin did not mentioned the RM6.1 billion already spent on the project as one of the reasons to revive it. He also did not revealed what was the revival plan apart that it was an inclusive plan which involved corporate restructuring and fund raising.
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