A lawmaker has called on Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to summon Parliament for a special sitting to discuss the littoral combat ship (LCS) fiasco.
Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim said the Dewan Rakyat should debate the Public Account Committee’s report on the project.
The LCS project is an RM9 billion contract to procure six ships for the navy, which was initiated in 2011, but with zero results to date despite the government already having paid out RM6 billion.
The first ship was supposed to be delivered in 2019 but is now expected to only be delivered by 2024.
In a statement he issued last night, Sim said the delays are one of the matters that should be debated.
Other matters include the Defence Ministry choosing a different design for the vessels against the navy’s wishes, as well as possible misconduct by the Umno-led BN government from 2011 to 2018.
Among those implicated in the fiasco are then prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, former defence minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and current Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
“I urge the prime minister not to defend his friends in the party (Umno) and to think of the importance of calling for a special Parliament sitting to discuss the LCS scandal transparently and openly,” Sim said.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement, DAP Youth announced it would lodge police reports nationwide on the LCS fiasco.
“We encourage fellow Malaysians to do the same as this not only wasted billions of public funds, but more importantly, jeopardised and compromised the safety and security of our country,” DAP Youth chief Kelvin Yii said. – Malaysiakini