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Najib: Government to adopt open tender system

By Tuesday November 4th, 2008 No Comments

PETALING JAYA: Open tenders to ensure transparency and value for money as well as to generate more income will be the way forward for the Government.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government would ensure that a large portion of government procurement would be via open and restricted tenders.

“Procurement for bumiputra contracts will also be awarded via ‘competitive bidding’ among bumiputra companies,” he added.

Najib said it was the Government’s intention to have bumiputra contractors compete in a healthy manner to increase their resilience.

“However, the Government will still have the discretion to determine if there will be direct negotiations. This exemption on policy will only be made under certain conditions,” he said.

Najib said that the Government planned to maximise income on all its existing assets, including on parcels of land that have not been developed, via open tender. The move would involve the private sector and government-linked companies developing the land.

“The Government will determine the criteria, and the scope of development will be included in the offer conditions,” he said.

“We will also identify the assets in the form of strategic parcels of land that can be offered for this initiative, which will include land belonging to the Malaysian Rubber Board in Sungai Buloh and government land in Jalan Cochrane and Jalan Ampang Hilir (in Kuala Lumpur),” he said.

Najib added that if this development concept were to take off, the potential income would be great. In an immediate response, Transparency-International Malaysia president Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam welcomed the move to adopt open tenders as long as it was absolutely transparent.

He added that the Government had to look after the rakyat and not the elites.

Source : The Star

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