Monday, May 14, 2012

Chua: Kedah Govt not practising open tender

LABIS: MCA Young Professionals bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong has questioned why the Pakatan Rakyat-led Kedah government does not follow its Buku Jingga on open tender.

He said the Buku Jingga contained a pledge on open tender, which was among the promises the coalition wanted to implement in its administration master plan.

“Pakatan always claims that it is transparent and practises open tender, but a RM600mil contract awarded by the Kedah Government purportedly without open tender has proved otherwise.

“It was a negotiated tender. The Buku Jingga mentions open tender, but why did Kedah not adhere to it?

Flowers for mums: Chua (right) distributing carnation flowers to mothers at a basketball court in Labis Sunday in conjunction with the Mothers Day celebration

“This is a clear inconsistency in Pakatan,” he said in response to an allegation that the Kedah Government, through its subsidiary, had entered into a joint venture with Penang-based developer Belleview Group Company to develop two plots of land.

Chua, who is also Labis MP and Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, said this after opening the AiFM radio station’s programme and distributing carnations to mothers in conjunction with Mothers Day here yesterday.

Chua also said another inconsistency within the Pakatan was the local government polls.
He said Penang was busy having elections for local government but the other Pakatan-led states were not doing so.

“They do not have a common direction and everyone is doing their own thing. It will cause a lot of problems if they take over the government,” he said.

In another development, Chua said it was up to lawyers if they felt that they needed to set up another body besides the Bar Council.

“They have the choice to do so if they feel that the Bar Council can no longer represent their views,” he said when commenting on a report that the Government was in agreement over a demand by a group of lawyers to form a new organisation to represent their profession, welfare and legal interests.

Source: The Star


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