The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has completed a number of investigation papers against individuals connected to claims of irregularities in the handling of the littoral combat ship (LCS) construction project.
In a statement, the anti-graft agency said the investigation papers had been submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) with a recommendation that several of the individuals be charged.
"MACC will receive further instructions following the AGC's review of the investigation papers," it added.
Last Thursday, the Public Accounts Committee disclosed that it had held nine proceedings regarding the LCS issue from Nov 18, 2020, with the last one on March 8 this year, during which several witnesses were called.
The results of the proceedings found that the LCS project contract was awarded to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd through direct negotiation, with the government paying RM6.083 billion although not even one LCS ship was delivered.
According to the original schedule, five ships should have been ready and handed over by August 2022.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday urged MACC to expedite its investigation into the scandal, adding that the attorney-general should prosecute and bring the culprits to justice if there was enough evidence.
Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein meanwhile said that his ministry would cooperate fully with the investigations, adding that there was nothing to hide.