Monday, August 10

Sarawak govt lauded for practising open tender in implementing mega bridge projects

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Razim waves the MACC flag to kick off the ‘Anti-Corruption Monitoring Walkabout’ in Serian.

SERIAN: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Sarawak lauds the Sarawak government for using open tender in getting contractors to implement the multi-billion state-funded bridge projects.

MACC Sarawak director Razim Mohd Noor regards the open-tender system as the best way to have mega projects implemented, adding that this is what MACC has always been suggesting.

“When any project is awarded based open tender, it would ward off the corruption elements. It is a good move.

“Open tender also assures transparency. By using open tender, the Sarawak government has eroded ‘hanky panky’ in giving away tenders,” he said at the launch of state-level International Anti-Corruption Day 2019 at the Resident’s Office here yesterday.

Razim also noted that the new federal government had also begun to use open tender to get contractors implement all the federal-funded projects.

He said it was good that both the Sarawak government and federal government were doing this, which should put an end to any perception of corruption.

“Although not in the same alliance, both GPS-led (Sarawak) government and Pakatan Harapan-led (federal) government are moving in parallel direction, in terms of putting an end to corruption,” he said.

It is reported that the Sarawak government is planning to build about nine bridges across the major rivers in the state, which would provide the ‘missing’ links along the existing Sarawak Coastal Road network, spanning 896km from the south to the northern region of the state.

Among these rivers are Batang Igan and Batang Lupar.

Meanwhile, about 100 volunteers comprising 80 from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and 20 from Mas Gading Community College, took part in the ‘Anti-Corruption Monitoring Walkabout’ covering four locations – Serian town, Kota Sentosa, Bau and Kubah Ria – run in conjunction with the International Anti-Corruption Day.