Navy Veterans Ask MACC to Probe Delay in Delivering Six Combat Ships Worth RM9B

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Contract signed in January 2014, with delivery in April 2019.

The Royal Malaysian Navy Veterans Association (PVTLDM) today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) concerning a project to construct six littoral combat ships (LCS) which failed to be delivered as scheduled.

The project, worth RM9.128 billion, was awarded to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS) by the government through the defence ministry.

PVTLDM president Senator First Admiral (R) Mohamad Imran Abd Hamid said not a single LCS had been delivered to the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) although RM6 billion had been paid.

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According to the contract, signed in January 2014, LCS 1 should have been delivered in April 2019.

“We urge MACC to conduct an investigation on the implementation of the contract and whether mismanagement or corruption had taken place when the defence minister announced in Parliament that BNS needed an additional RM1.4 billion,’’ he said.

The additional allocation was to enable them to complete the project by delivering LCS 1 by April 2022 compared to the original date of April 2019 and LCS 6 by April 2023, he told the media after lodging a report at the MACC headquarters.

MACC confirmed receiving the report.