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Friday July 18, 2008

ePerolehan to promote open tenders

GEORGE TOWN: The state government has launched the ePerolehan system to ensure transparency in the tender awarding process.

The system is equipped with an eBidding site for interested contractors to place their bids and eBantahan for the public to voice objections.

“We want to award projects using computer cables, not political cables. Penang is the first to produce such application to enhance efficiency, save cost, reduce red tape and reduce risk in decision-making,” Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said when launching the system at the Komtar Geodesic Dome here yesterday.

“This is in line with our CAT (competence, accountability and transparency) policy,” he said, adding RM360,985 was spent on developing the system which can be accessed through http://ep.penang.gov.my.

Lim said the tender selection process and quotation could be made through the normal channel via the technical evaluation committee, the procurement board and quotation committee.

“Through eBantahan, a two-week grace period is given for the public to raise objections. If there is no objection, we will award the tender.

“The eBantahan provides a platform to give out tenders openly, quelling public doubts and negative perceptions.”

Lim called on all contractors to register online, adding that transactions could be made online.

Registration fees would be used to cover the cost, management, and maintenance of the system, he added.

Lim said that last year, the state government awarded projects worth RM99mil encompassing 4,041 indent jobs and 14,353 local orders.

“Up to July 15, the state government has given approved projects worth RM27,687,238.10 for 1,554 indent jobs and 5,689 local orders,” he said.

He urged other relevant authorities, including the Penang Water Supply Corporation, the Penang Development Corporation and the local councils to implement similar systems to promote CAT.

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