Wednesday, September 26, 2012
RM75m for NERS? You must be mad!
The Home Ministry, in its Budget 2013 proposal to the Treasury, is asking a special allocation amounting to RM75 million for NERS, the company that caused chaos and lot of problems during the just concluded 6P program.
Not only did the application provided by NERS was not able to help the government meet the objective of 6P - solving the issue of foreign workers in the country, notably its security aspect - it also contained lot of flaws!
The flops are mostly in data input and output, its efficiency and reliability. So many complaints were made to the ministry and Prime Minister's Office about the the company's services, particularly on data lost.
Few hundred thousands of foreigners who participated in the program were denied visa and working permits just because their keyed-in data went missing at NERS, thus complicating some of major procedures at the Immigration Dept.
Former KDN's sec-gen Mahmood Adam is aware of it, and so is minister Hishammuddin. Deputy PM and chairman of Cabinet Committee for Foreign Workers Muhyiddin Yassin too had, in a meeting, admitted the failure of the system.
And so, why are we giving more money to NERS when about RM1 billion was allocated and paid to them to provide the government with what was supposed to be a 'state-of-the-art technology' in registering foreign workers?
NERS is not a service provider, bear that in mind. Its only a contractor appointed by the government to deliver the equipment, which some say costs only about RM1,000 per complete set as compared with RM16,000 quoted by NERS.
Note how big the different is?
I was told that KDN is proposing for NERS to be given RM75 million every subsequent year for the service! What a waste of money!
The government should look into new ideas as how the immigrant problems can be further solved in a more cost-saving manner. Instead of RM75 million, the government can hire one or two companies that can come up with better idea as to how the issue can be attended to, at a much cheaper fee!
Rather than giving it to a failure, better create 75 jobs for Kontraktor Kelas D. At least, many people would get the benefit.
Unless there is a personal undertaking in providing that money to NERS. However, we know the politicians involved with NERS.
Yes, of course I support the government but I am not the 'kaki angguk' type. Sorry bro!