SHAH ALAM: Its a kind of magic. The Special Cabinet Committee on the LCS held another meeting on March 15 at the Defence Ministry. The committee comprised of the defense, economic, finance and entrepreneur ministers met to discussed on the direction and future of the LCS. According to a post by DS Hishammuddin Hussein, the outcome of the meeting would be presented to the Cabinet, in the near future for a final decision.
Hari ini Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet yang dipengerusikan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Ekonomi), Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed telah bermesyuarat mengenai halatuju pemulihan dan penerusan program Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) seperti yang diinginkan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM).
InsyaAllah, hasil mesyuarat ini akan dibentangkan semula ke Jemaah Menteri seperti diarahkan dalam masa terdekat. Turut hadir tadi ialah Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi, Tan Sri Noh Omar; Menteri Kewangan Tengku Zafrul; dan wakil Kementerian-Kementerian yang berkaitan.
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The statement above clearly indicated that the decision on the LCS remained elusive and unlikely to be resolved soon. As I had stated in that post, clearly what is dragging the issue is the outcome of the project – which remained uncertain despite what has been said. There is no guarantee that the LCS will be completed at all, despite the funding. The indecision on restarting the project is also making the target date for the first LCS to be delivered to the RMN in 2025, almost unachievable now.
Clearly paying some RM3.7 billion (which is needed as those are for work done) without the LCS delivered – now or at least in six months time – is clearly indigestible to those currently in the hot seat. And there is no magic wand to make all the six ships ready in a short time.
It is also likely that the government would wait for the PAC to issue the report on the LCS first, before coming to a decision (I stand to be corrected, of course). Which I am guessing will only be made after the next general election – which to people with higher pay grade than me will be held, late this year.
It interesting to note that according to exhibitors list issued by DSA Exhibitions, Boustead is not taking part in the upcoming DSA 2022 show. No reason has been given for their absence though, the first since the company was involved in the defense industry in the 1990s.
— Malaysian Defence