Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Guan Eng’s criticism a sign of insecurity, says Hisham

Guan Eng’s criticism a sign of insecurity, says Hisham

Hishammuddin Hussein has brushed off Lim Guan Eng’s claim that he is among the 10 worst ministers.

PETALING JAYA: Defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein has dismissed his inclusion in Lim Guan Eng’s list of 10 ministers who have failed Malaysia, describing it as a sign of the DAP chairman’s insecurity.

Hishammuddin noted that Lim had repeatedly accused him of being among the worst ministers in the Cabinet, but did not justify his claims.

“In politics, when people issue such statements, it means they are worried about (the work) that we have done. When people ignore us, that means we are not doing our work.

“So I would like to tell Guan Eng, say more. Because I know that he will never say that I am a successful minister even till the end of time,” he said at a press conference.

Last week, Lim said Hishammuddin was among the 10 ministers who had failed Malaysians, citing the RM9 billion littoral combat ships (LCS) project and other defence procurement scandals.

The LCS project came under scrutiny from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after it said RM6 billion had been spent on the project since 2014 but none of the ships had been completed or delivered.

Hishammuddin was the defence minister in 2013 until 2018 under then prime minister Najib Razak, and was among the individuals who testified before the PAC.

On a separate matter, the defence minister said five army hospitals will be undergoing maintenance and upgrade works, while the armed forces will be buying two field hospital units worth RM47 million.

He also said 19 sick bays, 48 medical centres and 40 dental centres belonging to the armed forces will undergo repair, with funds approved by Putrajaya.

He said these were part of the ministry’s efforts to provide better healthcare for servicemen, veterans and their family members.

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