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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Minister warns forensic auditors to withdraw incorrect statements on LCS report or face legal action

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A few weeks ago, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) exposed the alleged corruption in the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) project that involves RM9 billion ringgit worth of funds.

Since then, PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli has made several allegations against Mersing MP Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad based on the forensic audit report prepared by Alliance IFA (M) Sdn Bhd, an investigative and forensic accounting firm.

In the latest updates, Mersing MP Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad was reported to have issued a letter of demand to the forensic investigator, Alliance IFA (M) Sdn Bhd director Prabhat Kumar for their report on the littoral combat ships (LCS) project.

The letter was issued by Dr Latiff’s lawyer Chetan Jethwani from Chetan Jethwani & Co.

According to The Vibes, Dr Latiff’s lawyer have Prabhat 48 hours to retract the LCS report which linked the Cabinet minister with a woman named Zainab Mohd Salleh, who had stakes in the multi-billion Ringgit project.

The audit report for LCS contractor, Boustead Naval Shipyard Bhd’s (BNS) sister company, Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Sdn Bhd (BHIC) was prepared by Alliance IFA. Both BNS and BHIC are subsidiaries of Boustead Group Bhd. 

“You would be aware that your statement is wholly untrue and highly defamatory to our client (Latiff), dragging our client into public scandal and odium.” 

“Your statement has also caused many issues within our client’s family and constituency,” the letter sighted by The Vibes said.

In addition, Dr Latiff’s lawyer also demanded Prabhat withdraw his “incorrect” statements and issue an apology to the minister for the alleged defamatory revelations made in the forensic report.  

It also demanded Prabhat write to BHIC to correct the alleged inaccuracies contained in the report, as the company should not have provided the Public Accounts Committee with an incorrect report.

Earlier, Rafizi Ramli claimed that Zainab, who is a shareholder of Alizes Marine Ltd, is involved in siphoning off funds from the LCS project to foreign accounts. He also alleged that Zainab is the wife of Dr Latiff.

Dr Latiff was the then deputy defence minister from 2008 to 2013 when the LCS project was in its initial phases. However, he had repeatedly denied the accusations, saying he is open to being investigated over the issue.

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