More Investigations Into LCS Project

SHAH ALAM: More investigations into LCS project. The Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will call former defence minister DS Ahmad Zahid Hamidi early next year for its proceedings regarding the failure of the LCS project.

PAC chairman Wong Kang Wah was quoted by Bernama as saying that former RMN chief TS Abdul Aziz Jaafar and the management of the Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) the LCS main contractor will also be called for the committee’s proceedings on the project. From Bernama.

Maharaja Lela at the BNS facility in October, 2018. She is still missing her mast and other items. She is likely rusty after undergoing limited harbour trials.

“Pelantikan BNS Sdn Bhd dilakukan secara rundingan terus dan sehingga Oktober lalu, sejumlah RM6.083 bilion telah dibayar, dan tidak ada sebuah kapal LCS siap dibina walaupun mengikut jadual sepatutnya dua kapal LCS siap dibina setakat ini,” katanya pada sidang media di Dewan Rakyat hari ini.

Wong berkata isu itu dilaporkan dalam Laporan Ketua Audit Negara (LKAN) 2019 Siri 1 (Pengauditan Pematuhan Kementerian/ Jabatan Persekutuan) dan Laporan Siasatan Jawatankuasa Siasatan Tadbir Urus, Perolehan dan Kewangan Kerajaan (JKSTUPKK), diterbitkan pada 2019.

Jelasnya PAC Parlimen juga akan mengadakan lawatan tapak pembinaan kapal LCS di Lumut, Perak bulan depan.

“PAC Parlimen memandang serius isu kegagalan pembekalan enam kapal peronda LCS oleh Kementerian Pertahanan (MINDEF), membabitkan nilai perolehan sebanyak RM9 bilion.

“Kegagalan penyiapan kapal LCS amat serius, kerana ia membabitkan kelemahan dari segi tadbir urus, perolehan serta kewangan, tetapi memberi impak terhadap keselamatan dan pertahanan negara,” katanya.

Wong berkata PAC Parlimen berpendapat bahawa suatu penyelesaian hendaklah diputuskan oleh kerajaan secepat mungkin, dan berikutan itu, adalah penting bagi PAC Parlimen untuk menyegerakan prosiding isu itu dan membentangkan laporannya ke Dewan Rakyat.

Beliau berkata setakat ini empat mesyuarat dan prosiding dengan beberapa saksi telah dipanggil, antaranya Ketua Audit Negara Datuk Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pertahanan Datuk Seri Muez Abdul Aziz dan Pengerusi JKSTUPKK Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.

“PAC Parlimen berhasrat untuk melengkapkan dan membentangkan Laporan PAC berhubung isu pembekalan enam kapal generasi kedua LCS ini ke Dewan Rakyat, dalam sidang Parlimen pada Mac 2021,” katanya.

— BERNAMA

It is interesting to note that the PAC chairman did not mentioned Ahmad Zahid’s successors – DS Hishammuddin Hussein and Mohamad Sabu. So it is unclear whether both will be called to the proceedings.

The keel of the fourth LCS in the BNS hangar for the ceremony in 2018.

I am not absolving Ahmad Zahid from the issue but leaving out Hishammuddin who was the minister when work started on the ship and Mat Sabu who was the minister when the delay became public, is surprising to say the least. Both will be able to give the proceedings an overview on what happened between 2013 and March, 2020.

Boustead executive chairman TS Ramlan Ali (centre) greeting Defence Minister DS Ismail Sabri when the latter visited the BNS yard in mid-November to check on the LCS project. The LCS hull in the background looked appeared to be fitted with the propellers but without the rudder. I am guessing that this is the second hull as it does not have water marks on it. Kementerian Pertahanan picture.

Two more potential witnesses are former Prime Minister DS Najib Razak, who was the minister of Finance during the period and Chief Secretary to the Government TS Zuki Ali, who was the Defence Ministry secretary-general on the latter part of Hishammuddin’s tenure with the ministry. Also not named for the next proceedings is Aziz’s successor, TS Ahmad Kamarulzaman Badarudddin.


–Malaysian Defence

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