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Hishammuddin should explain why the Defence Ministry has reduced from two LCS to one LCS which must be completed and delivered with no additional government funds

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday that ongoing construction of the first littoral combatant ship (LCS 1) will not involve new allocations from the government.

Hishammuddin said additional allocations for Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) to complete the remaining five LCS will only be considered after completion of LCS 1 in reportedly another two years, despite an initial targeted date in 2019. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hishammuddin should resign as Minister of Defence if he cannot convince the Cabinet to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM9 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) scandal

(Versi BM)

I congratulate the Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, for his undertaking in the Dewan Negara yesterday during the debate on Senator Lim Hui Ying’s motion of urgent, definite public importance on the RM9 billion littoral combat ship (LCS) scandal to propose the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the LCS scandal at the next meeting of the Cabinet, which is in a few hours ttime.

Hishammuddin should resign as Minister of Defence if he cannot convince the Cabinet to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM9 billion LCS scandal, as it would show that his views and proposals as Defence Minister on defence matters are utterly irrelevant and not taken seriously by other Ministers in the Cabinet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Open Letter to the Minister of Defence, Hishammuddin Hussein on Ten Reasons why there is an urgent need for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM9 billion Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) scandal

(Versi BM)

I am writing this Open Letter to the Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, on ten reasons why it is necessary to have a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the RM9 billion littoral combatant ship (LCS) scandal and why he should present the RCI proposal to the Cabinet tomorrow, although views had been expressed that an RCI is not needed now but only action by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

The ten reasons are:

(1) Although the all-party Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had done a great job in opening up on the subject of the RM9 billion LCS scandal, not all the facts of the scandal had been unearthed. For instance, the origin of the RM9 billion procurement, its development and the rationale for the various important decisions taken in the scandal resulting in the massive scale and prolongation of the scandal are not known. Read the rest of this entry »

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Which Defence Minister was responsible for the RM9 billion LCS scandal?

(Versi BM)

Since 1990, Malaysia has had nine Defence Minsters, two serving twice namely:

Najib Razak: Oct. 1990 – May 1995

Hamid Albar: May 1995 – Dec 1999

Najib Razak: Dec. 1999 – Sept 2008 Read the rest of this entry »

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Special Parliament to ring-fence LCS issue from political party differences to achieve the four-fold objectives to complete the six LCS, fight corruption in defence procurement, protect the welfare of military and ex-military personnel and safeguard the nation’s security and sovereignty

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Johore State Opposition Leader and DAP Deputy Secretary-General, Liew Chin Tong has called for a Special Parliament over the Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) controversy.

I am giving my personal views as I have not spoken to any leader in DAP, Pakatan Harapan or other political parties. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib’s most extraordinary statement in not denying that he was the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion LCS scandal but asking for proof that he was the “hidden hand”

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Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has made a most extraordinary statement – not denying that he was the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion littoral combatant ship (LCS) scandal but asking for proof that he was the “hidden hand”.

Najib said those blaming him for the failed procurement of the six LCS should show proof he interfered with the ships’ design or took money from the project.
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Hishamuddin should visit the LCS scandal protestors in Sogo in KL tomorrow and assure them that all wrongdoers in the scandal would be brought to justice and that the nation’s security and sovereignty would be safeguarded with a rescue plan for the six LCS

(Versi BM)

The Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein should visit the RM9 billion littoral combat ships (LCS) scandal protestors in Sogo in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow and assure them that all the wrongdoers of the LCS scandal would be brought to justice that that the nation’s security and sovereignty would be safeguarded with a rescue plan for the six LCS.

It has been reported that a protest has been planned tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur to highlight the LCS scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is Najib blaming fourth Prime Minister Mahathir and the Pakatan Harapan Government for the RM9 billion LCS scandal when the procurement of the six LCS was made during Najib’s time and not twenty years earlier when Mahathir was Prime Minister or the Pakatan Harapan Government after him?

(Versi BM)

Former Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and his then deputy Liew Chin Tong asked a most pertinent question in their joint statement yesterday: whether the sixth Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had planned from the beginning for the littoral combat ships (LCS) project to help pay off the bad debts from the failed new generation patrol vessel (NGPV) project.

I would ask a more forthright question: Why is (i) Najib trying to blame Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth Prime Minister, for the RM9 billion LCS scandal when the procurement of the six LCS was made during Najib’s time – whether the conception, negotiation and signing of contract – and not twenty years earlier when Mahathir was the Prime Minister; and (ii) the Pakatan Harapan government which came after Najib’s sixth premiership?
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Four-point approach to RM9 billion LCS scandal (i) to learn the lessons of the scandal; (ii) wrongdoers to be punished (iii) to ensure security and sovereignty of nation and (iv) to safeguard interests of current military staff and ex-service personnel

(Versi BM)

Everybody in Malaysia, whether government or opposition, the public or private sector, should agree on a four-point approach to the RM9 billion Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) scandal – (I) to learn the lessons of the scandal; (ii) wrongdoers to be punished; (iii) ensure security and sovereignty of the nation; and (iv) to safeguard the interests of current military staff and ex-service personnel.

1. To learn the lessons of the scandal.

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If Najib cannot rebut Rafizi’s allegation that a foreign firm had full control of LCS sub-contractor, it is additional reason why Najib is the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) scandal

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If former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, cannot rebut the allegation by the PKR Deputy President Rafizi Ramli that a foreign firm Rheinmetall Air Defence AG (RAD) had full control of the LCS sub-contractor Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn. Bhd (CAD), then it is another additional reason why Najib was the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) scandal.

The PKR deputy president said RAD, a German defence contractor fully owned by RD Investment AG, held 49% shares in CAD. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thanks to Najib, Malaysia is even losing out to Egypt which has two Gowind LCS in operation although Egypt was later than Malaysia in contracting for the Gowind LCS

(Versi BM)

Thanks to Najib Razak, the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia who caused national infamy for Malaysia to be regarded worldwide as a kleptocracy, Malaysia is even losing out to Egypt which has two Gowind LCS in operation although Egypt was later than Malaysia in deciding to buy the Gowind LCS.

Malaysia’s decision to buy the six Gowind LCS was made as far back as 2011 although the contract was delayed and signed only in 2014, but Egypt, which signed a one billion Euro contract to buy four Gowind LCS in 2014, has now two Gowind LCS in operation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Was Najib the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion LCS scandal?

(Versi BM)

There is one question swirling in the minds of thinking Malaysians in the past week since the tabling of the explosive report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the RM9 billion Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) Scandal: – whether Najib Razak was the “hidden hand” behind the mega scandal.

Without reading and understanding the PAC report, which is a horror story of corruption, fraud, abuse of power, mismanagement and criminality in the public service, Najib had been very active on his Facebook in the past week to defend the RM9 billion LCS scandal and even to blame the Pakatan Harapan for the scandal. – which only reinforced the question. Read the rest of this entry »

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Support for BERSATU call for a RCI into the RM9 billion six Littoral Combatant Ships (LCS) scandal

(Versi BM)

I support the Bersatu call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM9 billion six Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) scandal.

Bersatu has got nine Ministers in the 32-member Ismail Sabri Cabinet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zahid should not deny the undeniable and should explain why as Defence Minister in July 2011, he overturned the decision as recommended by the Navy to contract the six Dutch-made Sigma LCS and chose the Scorpene manufacturer’s six French-made Gowind LCS within three days without consulting the Navy, the end-user?

(Versi BM)

UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should not deny the undeniable but should explain why as Defence Minister in July 2011, he overturned the decision as recommended by the Navy to contract six Dutch-made Sigma Littoral Combatant Shiupt (LCS) and chose the Scorpene manufacturer’s six French-made Gowind LCS within three days without consulting the Navy, the end-user.

It is as clear as daylight that Zahid is responsible for the RM9 billion LCS scandal, and he should explain instead why he took three days on July 11, 2011 to overturn the Ministry of Defence decision of May 26, 2011 to contract the Sigma LCS and to go instead for the Gowind LCS, without first referring the matter to the Navy.
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Why was the PAC report on the new RM9.13 billion financial scandal on the six Littoral Combatant Ships (LCS) presented to Parliament on the last sitting on Parliament on August 4 when it should be tabled in Parliament in the March meeting to allow for parliamentary debate and greater public scrutiny

(Versi BM)

One question which has nagged me is why the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on the latest financial scandal in Malaysia, the RMN9.13 billion scandal on the six Littoral Combatant Ships (LCS), was presented to Parliament on the last sitting of Parliament on August 4, 2022 when it should be tabled in Parliament in the March meeting of Parliament to allow for parliamentary debate and greater public scrutiny.

This was because the last meeting of the PAC on the six LCSs was on 8th March 2022, and it is a great remiss of parliamentary responsibility and duty not to ensure that the PAC report is tabled in Parliament in March 2022, as Parliament met for 16 days from 28th February to 24th March, 2022 – which meant that there were 16 days for the PAC Report on the LCS to be tabled in the March meeting of Parliament but it was not done. Read the rest of this entry »

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What is the MACC doing about the PAC report on LCS?

(Versi BM)

The Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had tabled its report on the Procurement of Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) yesterday in Dewan Rakyat.

It is sad to see how the Government had again failed Malaysians, with another mega scandal exposing a loss of RM6 billion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is the MACC aware how much money was spent from the 1MDB scandal in the 13th General Election in 2013?

(Versi BM)

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaffar told Parliament yesterday in reply to a question from DAP MP for Bukit Gelugor Ramkarpal Singh that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is currently reviewing a report on a Minister and two deputy Ministers for alleged misappropriation of funds.

This follows the testimony in June by the UMNO President, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his own corruption trial that three UMNO MPs quit the party to save themselves from being investigated by the MACC. Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Azam’s criticism of TI CPI meant that MACC now does not support the National Integrity Plan target for Malaysia to be among the top 30 countries in public integrity with the least corruption?

Does the Chief Commissioner of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Azam Baki’s criticism of Transparency International (TI)’s annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) meant that MACC now does not support the National Integrity Plan target for Malaysia be to be among the top 30 countries in the world in public integrity with the least corruption?

Under the fifth Malaysian premiership of Tun Abdullah Badawi, the National Integrity Plan 2013-2018 was formulated which targeted that Malaysia’s score of 5.2 in the year 2003 will be improved to at least 6.5 by 2008 (10 being the best and 1.0 being worst), as well as improving the ranking of Malaysia from 37th in 2013 to at least 30th position in 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

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The “Malu Apa BossKU” campaign will be mortally crippled, anti-corruption consciousness take a big leap forward and improvement in Malaysia’s Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) if Najib admits and condemns 1MDB corruption

(Versi BM)

After my reply yesterday to Malaysiakini columnist S. Thayaparan who penned “Kit Siang helps Najib launder his reputation”, Thayaparan added a 16-paragraph addendum to his article, which deserves a response.

Thayaparan asked very naïve questions.
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Reply to Thayaparan: I will never launder Najib’s reputation

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, I issued a short five-paragraph statement which tantamounts to a declaration that I will never launder Najib Razak’s reputation, and it is a pity that S. Thayaparan, who wrote COMMENT piece “Kit Siang helps Najib launder his reputation” today did not read or chose to ignore the statement.

An example that I will never launder Najib’ reputation was what happened in the Johore state general election early this year, where I said that the DAP MP Damansara Tony Pua went too far in attacking the Foon Yew school board of governors but he was right in condemning Najib Razak in using Foon Yew to exculpate his kleptocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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