Sunday, July 28, 2013


KEMAMAN: The architect of the Scorpene submarine purchase made in France has disclosed details disproving Opposition’s fictitious claims through Suaram.
As such, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said it was a major revelation that contradicted stories made up by certain groups such as Suaram, and parties hungry for a power grab in the country.
He said the 'tell-all' by Jasbir Singh Chahl - the architect of the submarine deal - to modernise the national defence system was timely.
 "The other side is busy putting up a show, so they are now collecting funds to hire lawyers for the case in France.
 "For me, they can continue to solicit funds to enrich the lawyers, and the people should be careful not to be cheated in this issue," he said.
Ahmad Shabery was commenting on Jasbir's disclosure on the issue in an English daily Saturday.
 He said the people should reject such lies and appreciate the clarification of the government made earlier.
 "The Scorpene issue has been explained in the Dewan Rakyat. When asked to swear, the prime minister was willing to do so. However, none of the accusing parties dared to swear on their allegations," he said.
According Ahmad Shabery, the submarine acquisition was a major contract for the country and the government would audit it to ensure no misappropriation took place.
 "The submarine is not an item we can buy from a shop. It was based on a contract before construction could begin. The equipment systems need to be built, according to specifications and designs," he said.
Earlier, the minister presented contributions to 261 imams and bilals from 49 mosques in the Kemaman parliamentary constituency here. - Bernama.

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