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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mindef may go to court over non-delivery of 6 choppers

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu says the government will go to court if the helicopters ordered by the previous administration are unusable.
KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu today said the government may go to court if six helicopters purchased by the previous administration, worth a little over RM300 million, are not delivered.
Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, said if the helicopters are delivered and the Armed Forces refuse to use them, discussions will be held with other ministries on how they can be utilised.
“If they cannot be used by other ministries, then we are forced to go to court,” he said, adding that according to the manufacturer, about 98% of the order is complete.
Mohamad said this when winding up the debate on the 2020 Budget.
In May, FMT reported a deal by the previous administration to buy six MD530G light scout helicopters manufactured by MD Helicopters of the United States.
Sources had disclosed that a local company had been appointed as the agent for the purchase, before its dealership rights were said to have been terminated by MD Helicopters.
The helicopters were to be delivered in two batches, with two being delivered in July 2017 and the remaining four scheduled to be delivered in December 2018.
The previous administration had paid RM112.65 million in advance.
Mindef has since lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the non-delivery of the helicopters. - FMT

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