Pak Lah once said there wont be anymore 'direct nego' for government contracts, and that all available jobs should be tendered out accordingly.
Is this what is being practiced of late?
Reading open tenders in the newspapers only suggest that projects valued at RM30 million and above are not included. Most tenders only call for projects valued at between RM200,000 and RM28 million.
Not many Kelas A tenders were advertised, except for those costing between RM10 million and RM20 million, usually to build schools and additional buildings to existing government's offices nationwide.
In some instances, government projects costing between RM50 million and RM180 million were completed without any tender being called.
What's the actual meaning of 'invited tender', 'selective tender' and 'special tender' in determining who should get these big projects and who usually decides on it, is still blurr.
Even some 'selective' companies doing supply job for a few government agencies were allowed to continue their 2 plus 1 (2 year plus 1 year contract) upon completing their agreement, for another 'term' of 2 plus 1, although their services were not satisfactory.
This has deprived others of equal opportunity to bid for it.
These are normal complaints but it might affect the government's credibility in many aspects. We need to be more transparent in disbursing contracts to local contractors. If only a bunch of businessmen got it, may as well dont call for open tenders at all.