Published: Saturday October 6, 2012 MYT 8:05:00 PM
Updated: Saturday October 6, 2012 MYT 10:36:20 PM
Auditor-General verifies Scorpene buy follows procedures, says Zahid
BAGAN DATOH: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Auditor-General has already explained that the purchase of Scorpene submarines was made according to legal procedures and his official report must be accepted by all quarters.
In response to the opposition's plan to bring in a French lawyer, William Bourdon, to brief the Malaysian lawmakers on court proceedings in France on the purchase of the submarines, Ahmad Zahid hoped no quarter would twist the existing facts on the matter.
He was also in the opinion that the lawyer was invited to Malaysia by the opposition merely with political motive and not so much for legal business.
Ahmad Zahid said this to reporters after opening the Sekolah Agama Rakyat Al-Ulum Al Tarbiah's Sports Day in Kampung Tanah Lalang here on Saturday.
The purchase of the submarines should be seen from the aspects of an offset programme, training, and performance assurance for certain period of time, he said.
Ahmad Zahid said this in response to the invitation made by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to a French lawyer, William Bourdon, who represented Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), to brief the Dewan Rakyat on court proceedings in France on the purchase of the submarines.
Ahmad Zahid said the invitation was made by the opposition with the aim to tarnish the image of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who held the post of Defence Minister when the submarine was purchased.
"However, I will personally defend the moves because the purchase involved a thoroughly negotiated price and specifications.
"This is really an old issue and it was brought up to create public anger and confusion," he added. - Bernama
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