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PAC chief chides BNS chief's nonchalance on 'obsolete' equipment
Sunday, August 14, 2022
PAC chief Wong Kah Woh
OCT : This Azar seems doesn't know the difference between a screw and a nut.

All he knows is to sit in his air-conditioning room to collect his pay. He is not on top of the situation. LCS is no ordinary sampan but full of electronic and electrical engineering equipments. These equipments do have a limited life span usage. No electronic and electrical engineering equipments that had not been installed and tested can be classified as non obsolete.

The manufacturers and OEM suppliers are very specific on the terms and conditions on their equipments. The software and EPROM of these equipments must be constantly be updated else the equipments won't function effectively and efficiently. Keeping all these equipments in store and not tested means they become outdated and obsolete.

The next important issue is comprehensive maintenance after warranty and guarantee. It gives the impression that Azar has no knowledge on these advanced and sophisticated equipments and it's operability. Next phase is testing the command and control center for linkage with all these equipments. Don't think Azar knows what this means.

From my understanding, all these equipments can be classified as obsolete and junk as they are more than 10+ years and most probably without support from manufacturers and OEM suppliers. LCS will become museum showpiece instead of pride of the navy.

It's really a shame that RM6 billion is wasted for 6 useless junks and the worst part is nobody goes to jail for it. Malaysia oh Malaysia how pitiful are you!!!

Malaysiakini : Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS) chief executive officer Azhar Jumaat has issued contradictory statements regarding obsolete equipment meant for the littoral combat ship (LCS) project, said PAC chief Wong Kah Woh.

Yesterday, Azhar told the press during a media tour of the BNS facilities in Lumut, Perak, where the LCS were being built, that the PAC's conclusion that 15 percent of the equipment in their warehouse was obsolete was "not entirely accurate".

According to Azhar, there was obsolete equipment, but they were not mission or combat critical, such as smart TV units meant for the sailors' entertainment.

"It is not fair to compare a television set to mission-critical equipment such as guns and missiles," he said.

In a statement today, Wong said Azhar was the person who came up with the "15 percent" figure during the latter's testimony to the PAC on Dec 11, 2021.

"After nine months, is BNS now saying that the only obsolete equipment is the TV and not other equipment?" the PAC chief asked.

BNS chief executive officer Azhar Jumaat

The PAC report on the procurement of the LCS did not deliberate on the "15 percent" in detail. However, as Wong pointed out, several other witnesses told the PAC that obsolete equipment was a problem for the project.

The navy's former head of the LCS project, Mohd Shaiful Adli Chung Abdullah, told the PAC that the warranty for some equipment had lapsed before they could be installed because the construction of other parts of the ship was delayed.

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