TENDERS FOR PROJECTS: MACC's proposal will reduce corruption
THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) proposal of barring close relatives of state leaders from tendering for states projects is long overdue and should be seriously considered by the authorities ("Barring relatives from tenders, projects" -- NST, Aug 14).
Menteris besar and chief ministers should not abuse their power in giving contracts to their own family members or close associates.
People might think that in order to get government contracts, one must be close to the powers-that-be, rather than being competent in doing their job.
Normally, savvy businessmen will use the close relatives of leaders of the state in tendering for state projects to have better chances of getting the job compared with their competitors who do not use "cables" to get the projects that they desire.
Hefty commissions will then be paid to the middlemen, who won the tenders by being close to state leaders. This is morally wrong in the first place.
The MACC proposal should be extended to ministers, deputy ministers and senior government officers who are entrusted with awarding government projects, to show that transparency and good governance are practised by our leaders in managing public funds.
The private sector, too, should emulate the good proposal of the MACC, although they are not bound by government regulations when dishing out contracts to their contractors and suppliers.
This is one way to reduce corruption and abuse of power in the country.
Hamdan Ibrahim, Kuala Lumpur