Syed Saddiq unfazed by threats over scandal-ridden LCS project

KUALA LUMPUR: Muar member of parliament Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is unfazed by threats received over his statements on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) project scandal.

The Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) president also criticised those who were previously vocal but then decided to keep silent on the matter "after becoming the government".

Syed Saddiq claimed that there were individuals who had turned on him and were threatening to take action over his consistent expression of views in Parliament.

"Don't ever forget about the people's voice when we are in power. I will continue to voice out (on LCS scandal); (they) can continue to threaten me, this involves billions of ringgit of people's money.

"What is weirder and strange is that those who threatened me are the same people who (previously) demanded action on LCS," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Syed Saddiq reiterated his stance in calling for due process in the matter.

He said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul's dismissal of his motion to debate the LCS scandal last week was unfair.

"I have shared (in the letter) why this (motion) is of public interest and needs to be addressed urgently as the project cost would see an increase by RM2.2 billion while the number of ships will be reduced within a week.

"I feel that everyone knows and agrees (with it) as it involves RM11.2 billion of public funds and the project has been delayed many times. However, there have yet to be arrests of large scale," he added.

In his ruling, Johari was reported as saying that the motion put forth by Syed Saddiq did not fulfil the Dewan Rakyat Standing Order 18 (7)(c).

Johari said he was informed that the Defence Ministry had already been ordered to brief the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on progress of the project every three months, and that PAC would visit the naval base in Lumut, making it unnecessary to debate the matter in Parliament.

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