SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry today announced the cancellation of five contracts for supply, services, and infrastructure projects. It did not name the projects, costs, beneficiaries, and the reason for the cancellation. The ministry in a release said it took serious notice of the statement made by the Prime Minister DS Anwar Ibrahim on expenditure leakages on January 17, 2022.
The ministry said it had issued open tenders for the three branches of the Armed Forces (Army, RMN and RMAF). For 2023, five procurements (contracts) for supply, services, and infrastructure projects have been cancelled and would be implemented through the open tender process.
Which likely meant that five contracts were awarded without open tenders. That said open tenders doesn’t mean that projects are viable or should be funded. Malaysian Defence
The ministry further said it will not compromise with any party for leakage and misconduct throughout the procurement process.
Since they already cancelled the five contracts likely for the very reasons stated above, one wonders whether the ministry will lodge reports against them. Malaysian Defence.
“The ministry too will not hesitate to report any leaks and opacity against the procurement process to the authorities for further action.
Based on the media release, Malaysian Defence felt that the Defence Ministry is not serious in getting rid of the leakages scourge. If it were, it would have said that it had lodged reports about the five contracts already. If they think it was serious enough to cancel them, why further action is not warranted then? Cancelling the project will not solve the problem. They could be revived if a new government take charge and they could also take part in the open tender and even be selected for it. Anyhow, if one want to talk about leakages, there is of course, the LCS project.
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