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One of the littoral combat ships (LCS) belonging to the Royal Malaysian Navy. — Picture by BERNAMA

Mindef ready to submit LCS progress report every three months

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — The Defence Ministry (Mindef) has agreed to submit a progress report on the Royal Malaysian Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) second-generation patrol vessel project every three months until it is completed.

Deputy Defence Minister Adly Zahari said the ministry, which has agreed to the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) recommendation, has been channelling information based on all committees formed, and there is no problem with information not being shared.

“Each committee has its meeting period, and during that period, all committees can call any party to get information, and the PAC can take note of any information from the respective committee,” he said at a media conference after attending the 2023 Defence Innovation Final Competition today.

PAC, in a recent report, submitted five improvement recommendations, including the requirement for Mindef to present a progress report on the LCS project every three months until the LCS project is completed, including a progress report in line with the international project management standards.

In addition, there is a Working Committee chaired by the deputy secretary-general (Development) of Mindef and the Project Monitoring Committee (PMC), jointly chaired by the secretary-general of Mindef and the secretary-general of the Treasury.

The construction of the LCS ships was embroiled in controversy when PAC revealed that not a single ship had been completed, despite the government having paid RM6.08 billion to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS).

— Bernama

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