The Government has put on hold the RM1.7bil purchase of Cougar EC 725 helicopters due to the current economic climate.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the money would now be used for other public programmes which would benefit the people.
He said the decision was made during the Economic Council meeting on Oct 13.
“We need money but we cannot be borrowing. If we feel that some projects need to be postponed then we will decide accordingly,” Abdullah told a press conference after hosting a Hari Raya and Deepavali open house at the Defence Ministry yesterday.
Abdullah, who is Defence Minister, said the purchase of the helicopters would be reactivated once the economy improved.
“We have to decide by 2011 and we may buy earlier if we have the money or we may buy fewer than what we require,” he added.
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