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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.