Sunday February 6, 2011
Govt allocates RM6bil for six patrol vessels
LUMUT: The Government has agreed to allocate RM6bil to build six second-generation patrol vessels for the Royal Malaysian Navy, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
The construction of the ships will boost the economy while benefiting 632 vendor companies, he told reporters here yesterday after a briefing on the project.
“Thus, we will ensure that at least RM2bil of the allocation will benefit these vendor companies, which are strategic partners of Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd,” he added.
Ahmad Zahid said that he would monitor the progress of the project, due to start next year, and ensure that all concerned benefit from it and that there was no delay in paying the vendors.
He said that Boustead Naval Shipyard had constructed several new generation vessels for the navy and shown itself to be on par with other ship builders in the world. — Bernama