PETALING JAYA: Special functions minister Abd Latiff Ahmad insists that he does not have a wife named Zainab Salleh.
In a Facebook post, Latiff also said that “none of my family members are involved in the business of supplying or constructing littoral combat ships”.
PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli previously said that a woman who allegedly misappropriated funds for the RM9 billion littoral combat ships (LCS) project, whom he identified as Zainab Salleh, was Latiff’s second wife.
Latiff later denied that the woman was his wife, adding that he was prepared to cooperate with the authorities if they wished to probe the matter.
On Aug 22, Rafizi claimed that Latiff’s wife was the owner of two companies that had siphoned funds from the LCS project.
He claimed that the companies were appointed as technical consultants and suppliers of spare parts, adding that they had sent invoices for work that was never done.
The former Pandan MP alleged that the two companies bore names similar to a French company and were registered as offshore companies in Malta and Labuan, adding that as much as RM243 million was misappropriated.
He also said the schemes to misappropriate LCS funds using companies allegedly linked to Latiff, who was the then deputy defence minister, was no coincidence.
The LCS project for the navy has come under scrutiny for its cost and delay in delivery after Putrajaya had spent RM6.08 billion but none of the six ships have been completed or delivered, according to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.