13 August 2022. Saturday
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 13): The government will focus on putting the littoral combat ship (LCS) project back on track as decided by the Cabinet, said Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in a post on Facebook.
He said negotiations with vendors, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and banks are being carried out.
Hishammuddin said this in relation to the procurement of the LCS which became controversial following the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report revealing that not a single ship had been completed even though the project’s contract, worth RM6.083 billion, stipulated that five of the six ships should be completed and handed over by August 2022.
In the posting, Hishammuddin said his team has taken media personnel to Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Perak on Saturday (Aug 13) to take a look at the external and internal conditions of the LCS which is under construction.
“I never get tired of asserting many times that the Defence Ministry and I have nothing to hide. At the same time, the wrongdoers must be brought to justice,” he added.