Thursday, December 8, 2011

Guan Eng to dive on Malaysia's Submarine 'Tun Razak'

LANGKAWI: Malaysia's second submarine, KD Tun Razak, will hold a special dive for DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng tomorrow.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, had agreed to his ministry's invitation to see for himself claims that the submarine could not dive were baseless.

"Lim called me personally yesterday (Tuesday) night and said, yes. So, I will personally escort him aboard the submarine," he said at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition at Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre yesterday.

Zahid had instructed his ministry, prior to Lima '11, to invite members of parliament and senators to go aboard the submarine during the exhibition.

The ministry had hoped that certain opposition MPs, including Lim, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tony Pua and Khalid Samad, would agree to the invitation as some opposition leaders had criticised the procurement of the submarine based on rumours KD Tun Razak and its sister ship, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman could not dive.
"I am grateful for Lim's bravery in this, unlike other opposition MPs who did not even reply," Zahid said.