At least we know one submarine works – but it doesn’t answer a host of other questions.
The submarine, KD Tun Razak, dove 45 nautical miles off Langkawi.
What about the other submarine, the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, which suffered a technical defect that prevented it from diving for three months? The problem was reportedly fixed later (Malay Mail).
Is the Straits of Malacca deep enough for submarines to dive? Apparently, a German submarine was sunk off Penang Island during the War and the wreckage site is marked by a buoy.
It is a little known fact that Penang served as a German U-boat base in the Far East. U-511, under the command of Kptlt. Fritz Schneewind, arrived in Penang, then under Japanese occupation in July 1943, followed by U-178 in August 1943 . This essentially started the U-boat campaign in the Indian Ocean and also provided the Germans with penetration into the Pacific for the first time, alongside their ally, Japan. Korvettenkapitän Wilhelm Dommes became the first commander of the U-boat base, located in the former British seaplane base in Penang
And can we have a full accounting of the amount paid to Perimekar for support services or whatever you want to call it?
Finally, do we really need such costly submarines?