Bersatu welcomes investigation in LCS project scandal

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will let the authorities investigate the alleged involvement of a minister from the party in the littoral combat ship (LCS) project scandal.

"As a party which upholds the principles of integrity and transparency, we leave the matter entirely to the authorities to investigate these claims, should the facts be substantiated," said its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a Facebook post.

Muhyiddin said he took the findings of the forensic audit report on LCS seriously, which among others raised suspicions on the involvement of a minister from Bersatu.

In the statement, Muhyiddin also reiterated his view that the government should set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the scandal.

On Monday, PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli named a woman who had allegedly embezzled funds for the construction of the LCS and claimed that she was the second wife of Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad.

Latiff, who is minister in the prime minister's department (special functions), denied having a wife named Zainab Mohd Salleh, following the allegations.

Earlier today, Latiff once again denied having any link to the LCS scandal.

He reiterated via a Facebook post today that none of his wives was named Zainab Mohd Salleh, and that none of his family members was involved in the supply or construction of the LCS.

Latiff was deputy defence minister between 2008 and 2013. He joined Bersatu after the 2018 general election.

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