Gerakan Youth urges open tender for all levers of government procurement Dr. Dominic Lau wants strict monitoring to be implemented Press statement by Gerakan Youth Secretary General Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai

Gerakan Youth Secretary General, Dr. Dominic Lau Hoe Chai was unsatisfied with the recently released A-G Report stating that there were several problems such as delayed projects, overpriced product purchases and shoddy quality of newly built buildings.

“I am saddened that the same issues keep arising year in and year out despite several measures taken by the government. This shows that the officers and agencies never learn from their mistakes. How many times must we have an issue regarding an officer purchasing items at an inflated amount instead of the market rate? Therefore, Gerakan Youth urges an open tender system for all levers of government procurement.”

Dr. Dominic Lau pointed out that the system where an officer made a purchase through direct-buying by just showing the invoice at the end of the day was faulty and full of weaknesses. Therefore a purchase system should be implemented where the purchase of items more than a certain amount must be presented together with more documents to prevent wastage. At the same time, he said that an open tender system where companies would offer the lowest price would be an ideal solution.

Regarding the issue of cost overruns and project delays, Dr. Dominic Lau who is also the UCSI Associate Professor said that constant delays of mega projects are bleeding the government’s coffers for it involves an enormous sum of money.

“I think that the contractors should buck up their efficiency to make sure that they hit the dateline set by the government to prevent wastage as all this money is contributed by the Malaysian tax-payers.”

He stressed that if all these wastages could be cut down to a minimum level, the government would not need to cut down subsidies on essential items as it affects the daily livelihood of Malaysians.

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