KUALA LUMPUR : The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will call on former defence minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi early next month to complete the proceedings regarding the issue of non-delivery of six littoral combatant ships (LCS) to the navy.
PAC chairman Wong Kah Woh said also to be called are former Royal Malaysian Navy chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar and the main contractor of the LCS project, Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) Sdn Bhd.
“The appointment of BNS was made through direct negotiation and as of October this year, RM6.083 billion has been paid but none of the LCS has been built. If according to the schedule, two LCS should have been built by now,” he told a press conference in Dewan Rakyat today.
Wong said the issue was reported in the Auditor-General’s Report 2019 Series 1 and the Governance, Procurement and Finance Investigation Committee (JKSTUPKK) Investigation Report published last year.
He said the PAC will also visit the LCS shipyard in Lumut, Perak next month.
“The PAC views seriously the issue of the non-delivery of the six LCS involving the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and a procurement value of RM9 billion … as it reflected weaknesses in terms of governance, procurement and finance, which will give negative impact on national security and defence,” he said.
Wong said the PAC is also of the opinion that a decision on this issue must be made by the government as soon as possible, hence the need for the committee to complete the proceedings and to table its report in Dewan Rakyat.
He said several witnesses have been called during the four meetings and proceedings conducted so far, including Auditor-General Datuk Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid, Mindef’s Defence Secretary-General Datuk Seri Muez Abdul Aziz and JKSTUPKK chairman Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.
“The PAC plans to complete and table its report on this issue in Dewan Rakyat by March 2021,” he added.
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