Improve governance to curb graft in govt procurement

Nick Tan

The Auditor-General’s Reports from 2014 to 2018 reveal that 22% of projects (17 out of 76) were unqualified. Eighty-two per cent of these were due to incompetent in capacity, experience or financial capability while the others were related to registration issue. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 15, 2022.

GOVERNMENT procurement can be made in different methods such as tender, limited tender, quotation, direct purchase and direct negotiation.

Although direct negotiation only amounted to 8.2% (RM80 billion) of the total procurement budget in 2018, contracts awarded this way are more prone to corruption compared to other methods.

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