Malaysia’s Littoral Combat Ship programme was slated to see its first delivery in April 2019, with the remaining ships being delivered every six months after that. As at December 2020, it was confirmed that while RM6 billion had been paid out, the first ship of the class was only 59.79% complete. It is now March 2021, nearly two years since the original due date, and it would appear no end is in sight for the troubled procurement project.
On the 2nd December last year, the Pakatan Harapan government presented the Defense White Paper (DWP) in Parliament. The first of its kind, it is a publicly available policy document that provides guidance to policy makers on conducting national defense affairs, while also giving the members of the public an opportunity to engage in this previously opaque area of public policy. The current DWP is to last over a period of the next 10 years, starting from 2021.