KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has urged the government to immediately halt the next phase of the littoral combat ship (LCS) project.
He said RM6 billion had already been “squandered” with no progress to show, adding that the funds for the next phase of the project should be redirected to assist the people instead.
“The next phase (of the project) must be stopped as there have yet to be any commitments made. We have to arrest this and stop the nonsense,” he said at a press conference in Parliament.
“The half a billion (for the next phase of the project) should be spent for the welfare of veterans who have been clamouring for support.”
Earlier, Public Accounts Committee chairman Wong Kah Woh said the defence ministry and Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS) had ignored the navy’s views on the LCS project.
He said the initial Sigma model ships chosen by the navy were approved by the defence ministry, only for it to be changed to the Gowind design on July 11, 2011, after BNS had recommended it to the then minister three days earlier.
Wong pointed out that not a single ship had been completed although Putrajaya had spent RM6 billion for the project and given it to BNS via direct negotiations.
He added that the navy should have received five of the ships by August.
Anwar said there was clearly a misappropriation of funds and leakages as well as “massive corruption”.
The PKR president called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate all concerned, including the defence minister and the ministry’s secretary-general.