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Scorpene motion torpedoed

 | June 11, 2012

Nurul's plan to discuss the sale of secret submarine papers to a French company were rejected in Parliament today.

KUALA LUMPUR: An emergency motion aimed at discussing the alleged sale of highly secret Scorpene submarine-related documents to a French company was rejected in Parliament today.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected the Lembah Pantai MP (PKR) Nurul Izzah Anwar’s motion in his chambers this morning, as it did not adhere to Standing Order 23(1)(h).

The Standing Order states:

“A question shall not be asked for the purpose of obtaining an expression of opinion, the solution of an abstract legal case or the answer to a hypothetical proposition.”

He later told the Dewan Rakyat that the alleged sale was still an “assumption”, and not official.

“The matter raised in this motion is an assumption, and not a specific matter, because the matter about the transaction sale of the documents is not clear.

“…It is still an allegation,” Pandikar said.

FMT previously reported the disclosure by Suaram about the sale of the document – which supposedly contained an evaluation of the Scorpenes by the Navy and contract details – to French-based DCNS for 36 million euros (RM142 million).

Suaram’s lawyers said that the secret document was sold by Terasasi (Hong Kong) Ltd, whose directors are Abdul Razak Baginda and his father Abdul Malim Baginda.

Both are believed to be closely linked to Najib.

Speaker’s decision ‘disappointing’

The document was allegedly sold to Thales International, also known as Thint Asia, a subsidiary of DCN (later known as DCNS).

DCNS is the company central in the legal suit filed by Suaram in 2009 in the French courts, which recently commenced a judicial inquiry at the Tribunal De Grande Instance in Paris.

The inquiry revolves around the RM7.3 billion deal to purchase two Scorpene submarines with DCNS and Spainish Navantia in 2002.

Nurul later told reporters that it was “disappointing” that MPs were not given a chance to debate the matter.

Also present was Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul who demanded that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigate the matter.

“How can they [Terasasi] have information of specification on the submarine?… Don’t wait for us to make a police report,” he said.

He also said that even the Maltese Parliament was discussing the Scorpene scandal, and hinted at Malaysia’s reluctance to do so.

In Malta Today news portal, the Maltese Parliament was told that the French-owned Malta-based financial consultancy Gifen was being investigated by French officials over commission allegations involving Perimekar Sdn Bhd, once owned by Abdul Razak.


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