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2009 Mar 20 - SAPP: State Govt must adhere to open tender policy

SAPP: Adhere to open tender policy

KOTA KINABALU, 20 March, 2009: Former State Assistant Finance Minister, Melanie Chia urged the State government to strictly adhere to the Federal Government decision to have all government procurements and projects worth RM500,000 and above be made through open tenders or restricted tenders. This would also enhance efficiency and increase competitiveness especially in this current economic environment.

She especially called on the Chief Ministerr, Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman to instruct all State Government departments, agencies including the Government-linked companies (GLCs) to make public the full list of contractors, suppliers, timber concessions and other natural resources extraction licenses, which were awarded without any open tender for the past few years.

"They must also disclose contract details including prices for public scrutiny, to demonstrate good governance and accountability, as what was practiced in many countries. This would considerably help to eliminate speculations, skepticisms and distrust that the general public and the commercial sectors might have over the Government's handling and spending of the public funds," she stressed.

Melanie who is also the Luyang State Assemblywoman and the Women Chief of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) urged this in a statement issued here today.

She was responding to the recent announcement made by the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on 10 March, 2009 that, in order to enhance elements of competition and strengthen the value-for-money concept in Government procurements, all Government procurements will be made through open tenders or restricted tenders except for special cases.

Najib also said, to manage costs, the implementation of design-and-build projects would not be allowed except in cases requiring high technical expertise.

Melanie thus expressed regret that there were hardly any open tender for state projects and procurements in Sabah in recent years; projects were awarded in direct negotiations, which lack transparency and clearly not in line with the spirit and principle of value-for-money.

She cited that the construction sector is where the major grievances came from, where there are around 250 Class A construction companies, with approximately few thousands registered as Class B, C,
D, E & F contractors.

"The common complaints are that, most projects were monopolized by a handful of companies. Others have not even a chance to participate in the tender of these state-funded projects," she pointed out, adding that many have expressed strong objection of such an unfair and non-transparent practice.

She claimed that common public perception and speculation of bureaucracy and cronyism in State Government dealings all these while had inevitably caused some serious damages to the credibility and accountability of the State Government.

She then reiterated that being a responsible opposition party, SAPP would support any government proposal that is beneficial to the people, such as the recent announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister to adopt the open tender system in awarding of government-funded projects and making any procurement involving public funds.

"Let put aside our skepticism on whether the Government will really walk its talk this time in implementing such a long-overdue-yet-noble policy, and give our full support to our State government in its implementation," she urged.

Nonetheless, she took a swipe at the Chief Minister and his colleagues in the State for their conspicuous silent over the said announcement which, she considered as unusual quipping that normally they would be prompt, if not instantaneously, to respond and echo all the policies announced by the Federal leaders, in particular the Prime Minister and his deputy.

"But, in this particular case, one week after the announcement was made by the Deputy Prime Minister and in-coming Prime Minister, we have yet to see or hear the Chief Minister or any of his Cabinet Ministers come out to pledge their support to such an announcement," she noted.

She cautioned that such a conspicuous silence towards such a crucial-and-beneficial policy would only cause further doubt among the general public over the credibility and integrity of the State government and its leaderships.

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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