SHAH ALAM: Back to the drawing board. It appears that the SPH and armoured 4X4s for the Army will be up for tender soon. This will be the logical conclusion after PM10 DS Anwar Ibrahim announced this morning that there will be no procurement approval without tender in his administration.
From The Edge
PUTRAJAYA (Nov 29): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has stressed that approvals for government procurements under his leadership can no longer be conducted without tender.
Speaking at a gathering with the staff of the Prime Minister’s Department here on Tuesday (Nov 29), Anwar said the Government under his leadership will not continue to allow leakages and corruption.
“There can no longer be procurements approvals without tender.
“Therefore, I would like to call on all of you to work together as a team. Let’s be committed to save our country,” he said.
The PM said when he was in charge of the Ministry of Finance in the past, he had given instructions not to allow his family members or close friends to have interests in government-related projects.
Anwar, who was sworn in as the PM last Thursday, said he is not interested in ”digging” the problems of the previous government, but to focus on working to improve the people’s lives.
“The people’s lives, in general, are not as bad as in some countries, but they are in a rather difficult situation.
“I’m not interested in digging up old stories…what’s important is the future, what we can and should do in preparing ourselves for the future,” he said.
Why SPH and the armoured 4X4s then? Malaysian Defence had reported that both had been awarded the Letter of Intent (LOI) during the PM9 administration through direct negotiations instead of tenders.
With a new administration in charge, it is unlikely the Defence Ministry will move ahead with the Letter of Award (LOA) stage, Malaysian Defence was told. This would happen anyway regardless of who becomes PM, either Anwar or Muhyiddin. What about others then? Those which had gone through the tender process and had been awarded the LOI and LOAs will move ahead, Malaysian Defence was told. As for when the tenders for the SPH and armoured 4X4s will be made public, it is beyond me. That said it is likely that it will be next year.
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