LCS: A-G consulted before signing SA6, says Defence Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan denied reports that the ministry neglected the Attorney-General's (A-G) advice before signing the Sixth Supplementary Contract (SA6) related to Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) project.

He said such news reports were 'totally wrong' as representatives from the A-G were present throughout the process of getting the approval.

"We took note of the advices given by A-G.

"Before we sign maybe we should have gotten a black and white from the A-G.

"We admit to have overlooked that part," he said in a Press conference here today.

Earlier, it was reported that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has slammed the Defence Ministry for excluding the Attorney-General Chambers from the signing of SA6 for the LCS project.

The committee said ministry's decision to sideline the A-GC in signing SA6 was an action that was not justifiable, as it has legal implications for the government and should not be repeated.

The SA6 was signed between Defence Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Muez Abd Aziz and Boustead Holding Bhd (BHB) chairman Datuk Nazim Rahman on May 26 this year.

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