New mantras for old bad habits “We have de­cided to take “The re­view will fo­cus on “Govern­ment pro­jects ac­tion un­der Sec­tion 182 of the pro­cure­ment cost­ing RM500 mil­lion and the Pe­nal Code for lodg­ing a pro­ce­dures and mon­i­tor­ing more should in­volve the fal

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in­tegrity on the part of cer­tain par­ties.

When for­mer heads of de­part­ment and se­nior of­fi­cials be­come a front for sup­pli­ers, the in­evitable hap­pens. Shouldn’t there be safe­guards in all ten­der ex­er­cises?

As cabi­net sec­re­tary, he must have been present when two years ago, the coun­cil of min­is­ters de­creed that open ten­ders should be called for the sup­ply of goods and ser­vices to the govern­ment. Al­most im­me­di­ately, this was trum­peted by the min­is­ter in the PM’s De­part­ment, Datuk Paul Low.

That was for the con­sump­tion of the masses and the me­dia. In re­al­ity, Low would be the first one to ad­mit it is not work­ing be­cause there are Lit­tle Napoleons who rule the roost. How else could the dis­crep­an­cies go un­de­tected?

This has been re­peat­edly said by so many peo­ple on so many oc­ca­sions – we don’t need ad­di­tional laws or leg­is­la­tion. Just en­force what is al­ready in the books and we will go a long way.

Over in Sabah, Musa or­dered a re­view and mon­i­tor­ing of con­tracts. Oh blimey! Is this not a ba­sic re­quire­ment when con­tracts are awarded and monies are be­ing paid? This gives the im­pres­sion that many peo­ple in high places were hav­ing their siesta as the loot­ers have been con­tin­u­ously putting their hands in the till.

Are we be­ing given the im­pres­sion that all this while a law­less, cow­boy ad­min­is­tra­tion was in place in Sabah? I leave it to the big­wigs to pro­vide the an­swers.

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