Comprehensive review of all contracts given to 'Bumi' contractors and the tender system
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Government to review comprehensively the tender system and the contracts that have been given to 'Bumiputera' for years. Have these achieved the target of helping those who really need help? Or have they only benefitted a few?
Recently, the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib mentioned that certain contracts were open to Non-Bumiputera. This is not clear. He has to tell the public that this can be implemented. The Minister can say one thing, what actually happens can be different.
Dr Tan dwells on the directive from the Finance Ministry to the Public Works Ministry to give mechanical and electrical contracts to Bumiputera only in May, 2007.
During the last parliamentary session towards the end of last year. we brought up the issue of giving contracts to 'Bumiputera' contractors. But, the answers from the Government were not clear.
To become a developed nation, we need to address the gap between the rich and the poor, the different ethnic groups and the territories. Whatever measures taken by the Government to narrow the gap must be effective, otherwise billions of ringgits would be spent to benefit only handfuls of people. For years, especially after 1970, many contracts have been given to 'Bumiputera' contractors. Let the Government trell us whether these contracts have brought the desired results.
Since the Works Ministry has been giving mechanical and electrical contracts to 'Bumiputera' contractors, are they worth RM 4 billion or more? How many reach the desired target? How many of those who need assisstance get it?
The 2008 Budget is RM 176.9 billi0n, RM 128.8 billion for current expenditure and RM 48.1 billion for development. How many of the contracts worth RM 48.1 billion have been given to 'Bumiputera'?
Dr Tan Seng Giaw