Here you go again.. direct tender, negotiated tender, restricted tender, tender terhad or whatever-you-may-call-it, the effect is the same – mind-boggling amounts of money expended with little accountability.
And then they need to introduce GST for the rakyat to cough up while patients have to pay for nuts and bolts and screws needed for surgical procedures.
According to Malaysiakini yesterday:
The government revealed today it entered into a contract of more than RM1.6bn for the building and maintenance of Kuala Lumpur Women and Children’s Hospital through direct tender.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahya told the Dewan Rakyat that the hospital was built for RM848m by Konsortium Prohawk Sdn Bhd.
Replying to Rafizi Ramli (PKR-Pandan) during Question Time, Hilmi said the consortium was also given another 25-year contract for building maintenance, asset management and facilities maintenance, at a tune of about RM75m a year.
What, RM75m per year just for hospital maintenance?! Imagine, how many new hospitals could be built with that kind of money!