24 March 2009

Faster government projects with e-tender

The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Works Ministry has launched an e-tender management system to check bureaucracy and to promote transparency.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed said contractors should start using the new system if they do not want to be left out in the tender-bidding process.

“We can reduce the processing time from four months to four weeks when proposals are submitted via the e-tender system, he said.

The system would help develop the National Construction Procurement Repository, the data from which could be used for construction forward procurement, construction price index analysis, construction schedule of rate and national material consumption pattern, he added.

Mohd Zin said this after launching the national e-Tendering Initiative at the CIDB convention centre here yesterday where 97 projects worth RM3.3mil were given out via the balloting process.

Projects could be approved faster with greater efficiency using the e-tender system that was created by the Works Department and the Construction Industry Development Board.

Mohd Zin said the tenders are advertised online at www.etender.com.my and in the mainstream media.

The Tender Opening Committee will evaluate tenders online.

CIDP e-Construct Services acting chief executive officer Dr Idzuan Alias said the system was as secure as e-banking, where bid for tenders could also be done online at real time.

Earlier in his speech, Mohd Zin called on Class F contractors to upgrade their status as it was impossible for the government to create jobs for all of them.

Furthermore, of the 40,000 Class F contractors only 17,000 are really active, he said.

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