Wednesday, January 14, 2004

"Open Tender for Contracts"

Open tender for contracts

Kamarul Yunus
New Straits Times
Open tender for contracts (HL)
Byline: Kamarul Yunus
Edition: Main/Lifestyle; 2*

PUTRAJAYA, Tues. - The majority of government contracts will be decided through open tender in line with on-going efforts to increase transparency, lower the cost of doing business and reduce the possibility of corruption, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today.

The Prime Minister said only "special cases" would be dealt through direct negotiations. However, he did not disclose the criteria for these "special cases".
The open tender procedures would also apply to foreign bids, he said.

Abdullah was speaking at a dialogue with some 450 members of the National ...