MACC recommends charges against several individuals linked to LCS scandal

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has completed investigations into individuals linked to alleged irregularities in the handling of the controversial littoral combat ships (LCS) project.

Bernama

In a statement, MACC said that the investigation papers on the project have been sent to the attorney-general.

“Investigation papers have been submitted to the AG with a recommendation from the MACC to consider charges against several individuals.

“MACC will await further instructions from the AG’s Chambers after the matter is addressed,” the anti-graft agency said in a brief statement today.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the report of a special committee formed by the Pakatan Harapan administration to investigate the procurement of LCSs will be made public.

The cabinet also proposed that the forensic audit report of the procurement project conducted in 2019 be declassified, subject to the advice and views of the attorney-general and the auditor-general.

Malaysia was rocked last week when the Public Accounts Committee released its report on the troubled project.

The report disclosed that it had held nine proceedings on the project starting on November 18, 2020, and the last one on March 8 this year, by calling several witnesses.

Proceedings found that the contract was awarded to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd via direct negotiations, with the government paying RM6.08 billion but not even one LCS has been delivered.

According to the original schedule, five ships should have been ready and handed over by this month. – TMI