KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — The DAP today punched a hole in the government's opaque procurement system, pointing out that a RM6.47 billion contract to supply meals to army camps in three states listed on the treasury's new website lacked details and could only lead to the conclusion that the amount spent could have bought the country four more submarines.
DAP national publicity officer Tony Pua told reporters here in Parliament that the MyProcurement Portal (http://myprocurement.treasury.gov.my) launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last week severely lacked data “to make informed judgments with regards to a particular contract award.”
“There is a question of data integrity within the MyProcurement portal and what steps are being taken to verify the information posted on the site. If the information on the portal is to be taken seriously, then surely the information posted must be accurate to ensure a high degree of integrity,” said Pua.
According to Pua, a quick check on the portal revealed that the largest contract since June 2009 amounting to RM6.47 billion had been awarded to Syarikat Era Frozen Sdn Bhd by the Ministry of Defence.
“More curiously, the huge contract was for the supply of “rangsum segar” (fresh rations), which could have bought the Ministry four more submarines! While the value of contract for food items would have certainly raised eyebrows, I’d like to believe that there are some decimal point errors involved,” said the DAP.