Lim Kit Siang, MP of Ipoh Timur call upon the government to suspend the Eurocopter deal until after the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has completed their investigation. The RM2.3 billion Eurocopter deal is among one of the highest government contract alleged to be irregular.
PAC has set a two-day hearing from Oct 29 to 30 and most are doubtful that the two days is sufficient for PAC to absorb all the information to make a proper decision on their finding.
Copter deal should wait for Parliament clearance
PETALING JAYA: The Government should not approve the purchase of helicopters from Eurocopter if the deal is not approved after the investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Parliament, Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang said.
He said the RM2.3bil deal should be suspended as it would be contempt of Parliament for the Defence Ministry to proceed without waiting for the outcome of the investigation.
“It is no exaggeration to say that this will be the most important investigation in PAC history as a major government contract will hinge on the report of the PAC,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Lim said it would also be nonsense for the PAC to depend solely on the technical and expert advice of ministry and Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officials.
“PAC must have independent and professional advice from people knowledgeable and have working experience in the aviation industry.”
Lim said the PAC should also call up representatives from the seven tender bidders.
He also said he was doubtful that a two-day hearing - on Oct 29 and 30 - was enough, considering the amount of data the PAC would have to scrutinise.
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