PKR lawmakers lambasted Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein for refusing to answer questions raised in Parliament regarding the involvement of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s former special aide, Nasir Safar, in the still-disputed Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case. They also grilled the government on the billions of ringgit Najib lavished on two Scorpene submarines that many naval experts say are actually unsuitable for guarding Malaysia’s coastline.
“The latest official statistics show the cost of the two Scorpenes has not been fully tabulated or properly revealed to the public. In fact, the full cost of the purchases and their maintenance seems to be ever inflating. The previous estimate was RM5 billion, it is now RM6.7 billion and this does not include the maintenance fees yet,” Batu MP Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
“Yet the government refuses to acknowledge this white elephant and tells the people not to overspend. No wonder the Najib administration has cut subsidies. In the end, the ordinary folk will have to pay for equipment the Navy does not need and also for the kickbacks paid to corrupt officials.”
Based on figures supplied to Tian by Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, total costs excluding annual maintenance works out to 1.34 billion euros or about RM6.7 billion. This breaks down to 969 million euros for the two submarines, 219 million euros for missiles, 38 million euros for miscellaneous equipment and 114 million euros for commission paid to Perimekar. Maintenance fees were initially agreed at RM600 million for six years or RM100 million per year. However, this was later increased to RM270 million per year.
Banyaknye billion tak terkira. Patutlah Malaysia nak Bankrap. We need to work hard to save Malaysia from all this nonsense. Don't just sit and watch. Think of ways and means how to contribute to PAS and Pakatan Rakyat in general. Kalau orang panggil untuk buat kerja parti tu datang lah. Kalau tak buat kerja pun tunjuk muka pun jadi lah sebagai moral support.