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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

How Much Is PR Govt. Getting Out Of Open Tender?

Still going around the PTPTN debate between UMNO Youth Chief, Khairy Jamaludin and PKR’s Strategic Director, Rafizi Ramli two days ago, the issue was about Rafizi’s dream on the fact that Pakatan Rakyat could save up to RM30 billion by offering an open tender system.

Let us first put aside on how Rafizi had gotten such number, because we are convinced that with Rafizi not being part of the government, he had only created those numbers by himself during the debate. Of course, who would want to question his facts, it was a live telecast.

Let us also put aside the cost of free education and that such abolishment could raise up to RM150 billion. Writer is not a certified accountant such as Rafizi but writer is aware that the RM30 billion that was ‘saved’ by Pakatan Rakyat is just not enough to cover the expenses for free education and to abolish PTPTN that was promised by Pakatan Rakyat.

And that is just one of their other promises such as the abolishment of tolls, low fuel prices and others that writer is too embarrassed to write – too illogical.

The thing that writer would like to question here is how much can they really save from using the method of open tender where Rafizi claimed that it could really save rakyat’s money. Let us start with stated that are currently under Pakatan Rakyat, Kedah, Kelantan, Penang and Selangor. How much have those states saved from the process of open tender and what are the benefits to rakyat to be compared to BN’s previous governance?

Rafizi needs to show these numbers to support his ‘facts’ that he mentioned during the debate. He could just present it now considering the fact that he did not really get to go on details on the matter during the debate. Give rakyat the numbers instead of blabbering about things that are not related with Pakatan Rakyat’s promise to provide free education and to abolish PTPTN.

For example, what is the relation between the case of NFC and Tajudin Ramli with PTPTN and free education? And Datuk Seri Shahrizat with the NFC loan that was managed by her husband? Does Shahrizat has anything to do with the company?

In the matter of open tender, we know that it is not done for the sake of getting things done with cheap prices. There are more factors that we would need to consider. Even if it is cheap, but the materials and service is bad, rakyat would not be satisfied.

And that is the thing that really matters, service to the rakyat.

Perhaps Rafizi’s advantage is that Pakatan Rakyat has a line of supporters who are like parrots where they would repeat everything that are said by their leaders without even thinking. And that is what Anwar, Hadi and Kit Siang want. If their supporters are able to think, each of them would not be able to last in the political arena.

Whatever it is, the important thing now is for Rafizi to reveal every single evidence that he has to support of his arguments. Beginning from the cost-effective open tender process in Kelantan, Kedah, Selangor and Penang. It is not that hard to present those data from the state government. Especially if it is asked from Rafizi, Anwar’s wonder boy, everyone would work around the clock for him.

Then present to the rakyat for us to judge on the truth behind the argument.

That is, if Rafizi would want to present it. What is the use of telling everyone that the central government had saved RM30 billion if he himself do not know anything.

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