KUALA LUMPUR: The Amanah Negara Party has delivered a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, requesting a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) issue.
The head of the party’s mobilization office, Mohd Sany Hamzan, said it was important that an RCI be formed so that a thorough investigation can be carried out.
“We really hope for an ROI because this matter involves the security and sovereignty of the country,” he told reporters after handing the memorandum to Istana Negara’s head of corporate communications, Datuk Muzli Mohd Zin, in front of door 3 of Istana Negara, Thursday August 11. ).
Mohd Sany said RCI was necessary not only to regain the trust of the navy and armed forces members, but also the trust of the people.
“Billions have been spent but we have yet to see the completion of the ships. Those involved in the LCS project should be investigated,” he said.
“We want justice in this case because we don’t want billions of taxpayers’ money wasted,” he said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had been asked to speed up investigations into the LCS case.
He added that the attorney general had been ordered to prosecute and bring those responsible to justice, if there was solid evidence.
“Two high-level investigative reports into the LCS will also be made public.
“I met with Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki.
“I believe investigations are ongoing and several cases have been opened,” he said after the opening of an international muay thai championship event in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday (August 10th).
In a statement, the Prime Minister said, on behalf of the government, that he wished to give “his assurance and guarantee that an investigation into the matter will be transparent”.
“The government will not protect anyone who is involved,” he said.
MCA General Secretary Datuk Chong Sin Woon had also said that an RCI should be formed by Putrajaya to investigate the recent LCS scandal ahead of the 15th General Election (GE15).
Joining Umno in calling for the formation of an RCI to investigate the LCS scandal, Chong said the commission must be put in place quickly to prevent another mega-scandal from undermining Barisan Nasional’s performance in GE15.