PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – A woman named Zainab Mohd Salleh and her husband named as Abdul Latiff Ahmad have been identified in a Malaysian forensic audit report as those behind a company flagged for dubious transactions over a spare parts deal in the controversial RM9 billion (S$3.1 billion) warship project.

The report on the littoral combat ship (LCS) was declassified by the Malaysian government on Aug 10.

The report implicates one Zainab Mohd Salleh in “dubious transactions”.

The forensic audit report also said a certain Abdul Latiff Ahmad is her spouse.

“It is noted that Abdul Latiff is the spouse of Zainab,” read the report on the 2019 audit.

The person named Zainab was said to be a shareholder and director of Alizes Marine Ltd domiciled in Malta, as well as Intralogistics Ltd registered in Labuan, Malaysia. Intralogistics owns Alizes Marine Labuan and Sousmarin Armada Sdn Bhd.

She was also named as the shareholder of Mega P Sdn Bhd.

The identities of Ms Zainab and Mr Abdul Latiff in the LCS scandal came under intense scrutiny in Malaysia on Monday (Aug 22) after opposition leader Rafizi Ramli claimed that former deputy defence minister Datuk Abdul Latiff and “his second wife” Zainab withdrew more than RM200 million of funds linked to the warship project.

Mr Rafizi claimed that the funds were moved to companies based in Malta and Labuan, a tax haven island off the coast of Malaysia’s Sabah state.

Mr Abdul Latiff said in a statement on Monday that the woman so named by Mr Rafizi, deputy president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, is not his wife.

Mr Abdul Latiff, who is today Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) said he was ready to be investigated by the authorities on the matter.