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What Najib Answered In Parliament To Wan Azizah About The Scorpene Deal When He Was Defence Minister

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As soon as the news of France's preliminary enquiries into a Scorpene submarines deal back in 2008 involving French officials surfaced last month, veteran DAP statesman Lim Kit Siang immediately called for a royal commission of inquiry.

“If the government can set up a royal commission of inquiry to investigate the Bank Negara foreign exchange losses some 25 years ago, why is the government not setting up a royal commission of inquiry into corruption allegations in the Scorpene submarine deal fifteen years ago?” Kit Siang issued a statement on 19 July.

He insinuated whether Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was prepared to answer questions from lawmakers in Parliament over his role in signing the Scorpene deal in 2002 when he was Defence Minister.

Perhaps Kit Siang should have done his homework as Najib had already answered questions by the opposition in Parliament over the purchase of the two Scorpene-class submarines from French submarine maker DCNS.

Blogger Capt Rahmat in his latest blogpost revealed a transcript from the 12th Parliament session in 2008.

"In 2008, then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, in his reply to Wan Azizah confirmed that all terms and approvals of the procurements of the two units of Scorpene submarines and 18 units of fighter jets were made in accordance with Government procurement procedures and could only be executed by the Finance Ministry," Capt Rahmat points out.

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He further highlighted that the Finance Minister in charge of approving the deal was none other than former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself.

"The inking of the deal to purchase the Scorpene submarines was made in June 2002 when a now-amnesiac Prime Minister was also the Finance Minister then," he noted.

Capt Rahmat in an earlier blogpost had already revealed that the whole Scorpene affair started with Mahathir's son, Mokhzani who had proposed the idea along with a proxy for Tun Daim Zainuddin, Ibrahim Mohd Noor.

Their idea was later taken up by then Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), Admiral Tan Sri Abu Bakar Jamal who lobbied their proposal for a Malaysian submarine programme to Mahathir at a seaside resort in Port Dickson.

You can read the whole story behind the Scorpene deal linking Mahathir and Daim to a company called Perimekar Sdn Bhd who among its board of directors is Abdul Razak Baginda’s wife, Mazlina Makhzan in Capt Rahmat's exposé here.

The current French probe centres on allegations that French submarine maker DCNS paid commission of more than 114 million euros (over RM579 million) to a purported shell company linked to Abdul Razak Baginda.

However, as Capt Rahmat's detailed analysis of archived documents reveal, the buck stops at none other than a certain former prime minister's door.

"It is interesting to note that the RMN had sent its first batch of officers for submarine training with the Royal Australian Navy in 1992. They earned their submariners’ dolphin a year later.

"And guess which Minister of Defence it was then who mooted the idea of having a submarine force?

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"So was the plan for Perimekar laid out like a carpet a while before the then Prime Minister gave the go ahead to work out a submarine program for the RMN?" Capt Rahmat reveals the trail ultimately leads back to Mahathir.

- mD