Navy chief: RMN to collaborate with MACC on 'procurement cartel' probe

KUANTAN: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will give its full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) over the probe of a 'procurement cartel' involving construction works at a navy camp in Johor.

Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Ayob said the graftbusters will be given space to carry out and complete their investigations which saw the arrest of three men yesterday.

"I was made to understand that several of our personnel (navy) were called to have their statements recorded and MACC had taken some documents...let them (MACC) continue with their job and we will wait for the outcome.

"The navy has no issues with MACC carrying out investigations and we will provide full cooperation. I will not comment much but wait till MACC completes their investigations," he told reporters after the commissioning ceremony for RMN's KD Sri Sabah and KD Sri Sarawakat at the Tanjung Gelang naval base here today.

Yesterday, Johor MACC detained three men aged between 28 and 47 years old allegedly behind a 'procurement cartel' involving construction works at a RMN camp in Johor valued at over RM9 million.

They were believed to have provided false claims for the 'procurement cartel' involving 13 supplier companies managing construction works at the camp.

Meanwhile, when asked if RMN will conduct an internal probe on the matter, Abdul Rahman replied the navy will first wait for MACC's investigation report before deciding on further appropriate action.

"RMN will take action based on the outcome of the ongoing MACC probe. We will not compromise if there is any misconduct and if there is a breach of procedure, they (those involved) will be dealt with accordingly," he assured.

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