Let MACC investigate, says Hishammuddin on heli purchase

Hishammuddin Hussein says he has nothing to hide in the allegation surrounding Malaysia’s purchase of six helicopters during his tenure.

PETALING JAYA: Former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein says he has nothing to hide if the authorities want to question him over the purchase of military assets during his tenure, following revelations that six US-made helicopters were never delivered despite a deal to acquire them for RM300 million.

Hishammuddin told FMT that the matter should be investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“I have nothing to hide,” the Sembrong MP added.

He was responding to FMT’s report yesterday on a deal by the previous administration to buy six MD530G light scout helicopters manufactured by MD Helicopters of the US.

Quoting sources, the report said a local company had been appointed as the agent for the purchase, before its dealership rights were said to have been terminated by MD Helicopters.

The helicopters were to be delivered in two batches with the second batch scheduled to arrive by last year.

Hishammuddin said he had not many details on the deal, but added that it was a commercial venture.

He said if there was truth to the allegation, the defence ministry could take legal action against those involved.

“If anything, the defence ministry should just sue the company,” he said.