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Mindef takes RM300m helicopter purchase issue to MACC

 

PUTRAJAYA (June 14): The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the purchase of six helicopters worth more than RM300 million in 2015, which has yet to be received by the Malaysian Armed Forces.

The report was filed by the ministry’s representative at the MACC headquarters here yesterday.

According to a source, the McDonnell Douglas MD530G lightweight combat helicopters were supposed to be received in two phases, namely two in July 2017, and the rest in December 2018.

The ministry’s source said the terms of the purchase agreement did not safeguard the interests of the government, which included clauses such as “the contract is valid for two years, or, until the local company appointed as the agent successfully delivers the helicopters”.

He said McDonnell Douglas had also cancelled the local company’s contract as its agent in Malaysia by the time the helicopter purchase agreement was signed.

The source added the Malaysian government had already paid RM112.65 million, which was 35% of the total cost of the acquisition, to the company.

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