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Our combat ships to become museum showpieces?
Thursday, August 18, 2022


Malaysiakini : 'TV sets should be the last thing you buy before the ship is built.'

PAC chief chides BNS chief's nonchalance on 'obsolete' equipment

OCT: Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS) chief executive officer Azhar Jumaat doesn't seem to know the difference between a screw and a nut.

A littoral combat ship (LCS) is no ordinary ‘sampan’. It is full of electronic and electrical engineering equipment. These types of equipment do have a limited lifespan usage.  Manufacturers and OEM (original equipment manufacturers) suppliers are very specific about the terms and conditions of their equipment.

The software and EPROM (erasable programmable read-only memory) of such equipment must be constantly updated or else they won't function effectively and efficiently. Keeping all these types of equipment in storage and not being tested means they can easily become obsolete.

The next important issue is comprehensive maintenance in keeping with the warranty and guarantee. It gives the impression that Azhar does not know about such advanced and sophisticated equipment and its operability.  The next phase is testing the command-and-control centre for linkage with all these equipment. I don't think Azhar knows what this means.

From my understanding, all these equipment can be classified as obsolete as they are more than 10 years old and most probably without support from manufacturers and OEM suppliers. Our LCS fleet will become museum showpieces instead of the pride of the Navy. It's a shame that RM6 billion is wasted on six useless junks and the worst part is nobody is going to be punished for it. 

Way To Go: The safety of our Navy and its officials cannot be left in the hands of Azhar or any others from BNS that have a vested interest in protecting themselves. Billions of ringgit have allegedly been stolen or unaccounted and the construction is stalled for over 10 years with little to show. The contractors have shown little in the way of accountability for this dismal state of affairs.

The little we know of the LCS scandal is from the investigation undertaken by the PAC. The decision-making politicians at the helm at the time the project started and its subsequent failures are feigning ignorance. As the matter of obsolete equipment is in contention, the naval authorities must come in to ascertain the safety aspects of these LSC ships, including their functionality as intended in the interest of the country and those that will stake their lives operating these ships in the defence of the nation.

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