The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) will continue to monitor and review the littoral combat ship (LCS) project, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
According to Bernama, Mohamad said he needs a briefing about the status of the project to get a clearer picture of the multi-billion ringgit project, which had been hit by delays.
“I will get a briefing from the relevant parties so that I have a deeper understanding of the background and issues involved.”
“We will ensure that the ships are built; no point talking about history. That is important because it is a strategic asset of the Malaysian Armed Forces,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mohamad said he will be working with the ministry leadership to ensure the frigates were built and delivered.
“I will ask the government to study it properly and we will ensure these ships are built and completed in the best way possible, Insya-Allah,” he said.
Earlier, Eastern Fleet Commander Datuk Sabri Zali expressed hope that Anwar’s government would make the LCS project among its priorities to strengthen the capability of the Royal Malaysian Navy in protecting the country’s waters.
Previously, former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that the first littoral combat ship is expected to be ready within two years.
Nonetheless, Mohamad said the ministry would conduct a study on the issue of allowances, veterans’ welfare, and housing for military personnel and implement the necessary changes according to the country’s capabilities.
“We have to prioritise according to the country’s situation and capability, by ensuring it can be organised properly,” he said.