GEORGE TOWN, Nov 8 – The government’s move to adopt open tender concept will not sideline the Bumiputera agenda, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
In fact, he said the move will open more opportunities for Bumiputera contractors to secure projects fairly and transparently.
“What is practised now is that we are changing it to open tender. What is in the Bumiputera agenda is still the same but under open tender. This is unlike the past when one has to obtain the signature of certain parties or favouring people with strong cables. We do not want to see them happening again.
“I hope there are no effects in open tender including among Class F contractors. As an example, when we practised it in Penang, we can see Bumiputera contractors really working. This is what I want to focus on,” he told reporters after presenting a briefing on Budget 2019 here last night.
He said through open tender, there would be no more direct negotiations or limited tender for certain projects including government projects such those under Perbadanan Nasional Berhad and Majlis Amanah Rakyat.
Meanwhile, Lim who is Bagan MP denied the allegations by several Kelantan leaders that 2019 Budget did not give due attention to the development of East Coast states.
He said such claims were completely baseless as the allocation provided for each state in Budget 2019 showed an increase and the government was fair without marginalising any state.
“For states, we raised (allocation) from RM27.9 billion to RM31.7 billion for development projects including Kelantan. Here not only allocation for Penang was increased, Kelantan’s allocation was also raised from RM1,214 million to RM1,376 million.
“This is clearly shows we did not marginalise any state, we acted fairly even though the state was in line with the federal government,” he said.
In this regard, he told leaders especially those from opposition parties to stop playing up defamatory sentiments and hatred but instead provide arguments based on facts. — BERNAMA