Saturday, March 15, 2008

General Election 2008 - Open Tender System In Penang

The open tender system long chanted by DAP is ideally conducive to establishing a transparent system of government.

Most of the established democracies opt for this system of tendering to promote a spirit of openness and efficiency.

When Lim Guan Eng took office of Chief Minister of Penang, amongst others, he put forward in absolutely clear terms to introduce an open tender system in Penang.

This is perhaps the first time such a transparent system of tendering is being put to use in Malaysia. Reactions to Lim's policy are mixed. I heard of loud applause to the emboldened move to reform. But there are protests also to the new system, claiming that it is encroaching on their rights and privileges.

The reform road ahead of the coalition government in Penang appears to be bumpy. But Lim Guan Eng has pledged to stand firm on the open tender system.

Let's stay well tuned in to further developments!

The picture shows the protests going on in Penang against the open tender system.

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