Future major government projects will go through an “anonymous” tender process for greater transparency, the Prime Minister announced.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this method – which was introduced during the submission of tenders for the Mass Rapid Transport project – would also prevent allegations of favouritism and bias when awarding work to private companies.
“Only after the committee had decided which proposal to accept was I given a letter to inform who the project was awarded to. It’s like the Academy Awards,” he said
The Prime Minister attributed the “anonymous” process as the reason why the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line was completed “according to schedule, below budget, had no problems and was scandal-free”.
“I will ensure that major projects will be handled through this system. It has proven successful with each offer evaluated professionally from technical and cost aspects,” he added.
Reiterating the Government’s commitment in supporting the MACC’s fight against corruption, Najib also described the menace as a threat to the country and the people.
“If we are able to fight this, God willing, Malaysia will be a successful country that is respected, advanced and progressive. We will be able to achieve our aspirations and goals if we can get rid of this problem,” said Najib.
He said under the Government Transformation Programme, several initiatives were put in place to improve transparency and fight corruption, including the setting up of compliance units at critical enforcement agencies such as police, Immigration, Customs and Road Transport Department as well as the MACC itself.
To add to the initiative, close-circuit televisions will be installed at Immigration and Customs departments to monitor the actions and activities of enforcement personnel as well as the public dealing with them.
The Prime Minister also named the Whistleblower Protection Act, the “Name and Shame” database and the setting up of 14 special corruption courts to expedite hearing of corruption cases as among the efforts to tackle the issue.