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LCS: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Completes Investigation of Individuals | Daily Express Online

ByChad J. Johnson

Aug 12, 2022

LCS: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Completes Investigation of Individuals

Published on: Friday August 12th, 2022

By: Bernama

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MACC said the investigation documents were submitted to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) with the recommendation to charge several people.

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has completed several investigative documents into individuals linked to alleged misappropriation in the management of the Littoral Combat Vessel (LCS) construction project. In a statement on Thursday, MACC said the investigative documents had been submitted to the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) with the recommendation to charge several people. “Subsequently, MACC will receive further instructions after the MCO has reviewed the investigation documents,” he said.

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On Wednesday, the Cabinet urged MACC to expedite the investigation into the LCS issue. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Cabinet discussed the issue in detail during their meeting and called on the Attorney General to prosecute and bring the culprits to justice if there is enough evidence. On Thursday, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) revealed that the committee had held nine proceedings regarding the LCS issue from November 18, 2020 and it was found that although the contract was awarded through direct negotiation and that 6.083 billion of RM have been paid by the government, not even one LCS ship has been delivered, while five ships are expected to be ready by August 2022. Meanwhile, veteran lawmaker Lim Kit Siang hailed the Cabinet’s decision to declassify RM9 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) reports for Navy amid surge. criticism that it is turning into the country’s next financial scandal after 1MDB. But the MP for Iskandar Puteri said the government should do more than just declassify the report of the procurement, governance and finance committee chaired by former auditor general Ambrin Buang and the report of a medical audit. legal on the LCS project.

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“The Cabinet must go further – set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry not only to bring the wrongdoers to justice, but also to find the best solution to the RM9 billion LCS scandal in order to protect the security and sovereignty of the nation,” he said. in a report. “The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on the RM9 billion LCS scandal is set to be a bestseller, as it is absorbing horror stories of corruption, fraud, abuse of power, mismanagement and criminality in public service,” he added. The DAP politician who previously noted concerns of ‘hidden hands’ behind the delay in building the military asset today blamed former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for it. “Now I understand why Najib had been so active on his Facebook last week in defending the RM9 billion LCS scandal and even blaming Pakatan Harapan for the scandal,” Lim said. He said the Pekan MP’s response to Kulai Teo MP Nie Ching on Wednesday provided evidence that Najib was pulling the strings for the LCS project behind the scenes. “He was not only Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at the relevant time of the acquisition of the six LCS, but he was Minister of Defense twice, the first time from 1991 to 1995 and the second time from 2000 to 2008” , said Lim.
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