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!
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Singapore’s healthcare system has been lauded as the best in Asia and the 6th best in the world out of 191 countries. But Singaporeans don’t seem to be convinced. 7 out of 10 believe they can’t afford to fall sick in Singapore. Are they simply misinformed or are their fears grounded in fact?
Watch this interesting documentary on “Dollars & Sense of Healthcare” in Singapore:
Tinjauan: Kempen GST tak berkesan, ramai masih bantah
Tinjauan yang dilakukan KiniTV di sekitar ibu kota mendapati sebahagiann besar rakyat kurang bersetuju dengan tindakan kerajaan memperkenalkan cukai GST.
Bagi mereka, cukai ini membebankan mereka kerana dianggap terlalu tinggi ditambah pula dengan pendapatan mereka yang tidak seberapa.
Its what Najib calls “being responsibe for the future…”, “target subsidies”. etc. etc..
Another feat in Malaysia Boleh book of records as mentioned in AG’s Report:
Nurses can earn up to RM27 million a year, and their children can still apply for financial aid, while a clerk must make do with an annual income of RM34.