SHAH ALAM: Despite the assurances by RMN Chief Admiral Rahman Ayob that the LCS will be in the water – as according to schedule – it appears that there are delays to the project. Bernama is quoting Public Affairs Committe (PAC) chairperson chairman Mas Ermieyati Samsudin that the delays in the construction of the LCS were both shocking and worrying.
Mas Ermieyati said the progress of the LCS project was presented to the PAC today in proceedings attended by defence ministry secretary-general Isham Ishak; LCS project leader Franklin Jeyasekhar Joseph and Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Azhar Jumaat.
“PAC wants the contractor, as well as the LCS project team, to take steps to resolve the problem.
“However, this committee welcomes Isham’s statement that the defence ministry will take immediate action to ensure that the delay issue can be addressed,” she said in a statement.
Mas Ermieyati said the length of the delay could not be disclosed for now, due to compliance with Standing Order 85 of the Dewan Rakyat.
She said that the details of today’s proceedings would be presented in the ministry’s follow-up action report on the PAC’s recommendations to the Dewan Rakyat, which will convene from Feb 26.
Rahman had said that the LCS will be launched into water this May. That was the deadline imposed on BNS with the sixth supplemental contract and reported by the PAC as well (see above graphic). The PAC quarterly report on the LCS will be made public when Parliament convenes February 26.
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