Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is expected to take to the floor of the Malaysian parliament tonight to mount a defense of his ministry’s 2002 purchase of Scorpene submarines from a subsidiary of the French defense company DCN. Although Zahid Hamidi was due to speak on allegations that Malaysian navy documents were sold to DCN to help its bid for the €1 billion contract, the story has widened out with allegations of corruption in French prosecution documents made public June 25 by Asia Sentinel, whetting opposition appetites during the period for questioning.

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