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PETALING JAYA: In addition to open tenders, government departments and agencies should also check on the market rate of goods and services before making procurements.
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) chief operating officer Tricia Yeoh said the planning process should be done transparently and in advance.
“One of the major areas of the Auditor-General’s Report is when agencies do not use efficiently the money given to them, usually in procurement,” she said.
Yeoh said transparency must be extended to the entire procurement process and not limited to the tender process.
“It starts with the planning process, where they need to plan in advance and transparently.
“They also need to be able to make a comparison with actual market rates. That process of comparison should take place regularly so that they would be aware if the bidders mark up the price,” she added.
She said that there should also be an evaluation and review of the procurement process to check if those involved did their job according to requirements.
On household items such as clocks, which the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry spent RM3,810 per clock instead of RM100, Yeoh said the culprit should be reprimanded.
“The question is who made the decision for such a purchase and where’s the accountability?” she asked.
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