Adopt practice of open tenders, PAS tells government.
The use of "direct negotiation" and "restricted tender" system to award public projects to contractors must be avoided unless in cases of projects that require specific know-how.
Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS) deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa said the government must use "open tender" system when awarding projects to contractors as part of prudent budgetary practice.
In a press conference to unveil a 15 pages "alternative budget" for 2007 here today, Nasharuddin said other prudent budgetary practices include doing away with extravagant unnecessary spendings and to restricting the use of consultants.
He said the government must also take disciplinary or legal actions against any civil servants who flouted the tender system.
PAS youth chief Salahudin Ayub, MP for Kubang Kerian who was also present highlighted the fact that the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) building project was initially given on open tender basis but was "overruled" later by the Finance Ministry. "The Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Awang Adek (Hussin) admitted as much when he answered my question in parliament," he said.
He also revealed information on two new projects in Langkawi and Tanjung Pelepas in Johor, where the contractors were chosen on the basis of open tenders but later overruled.
"If this is the (fate of a) project and these haemorrhages continues to occur, I don't see the possibility of the objectives of the Ninth Malaysian being achieved," he said.
Also present at the press conference ahead of the tabling of the 2007 budget was PAS treasurer Mohd Hatta Ramli and economic bureau chairman Rosli Yaakob.[ES]