Baru Bian pledges open tenders in govt projects

Baru Bian tells 200 PWD senior officers that the tender system will be improved. (Bernama pic)

ALOR SETAR: Baru Bian, the new works minister, has pledged to use open tenders extensively, with transparency, for government projects, especially large-scale ones, to ensure public funds are well spent.

He told senior officers of the Public Works Department that the government spent a huge sum, about RM100 billion a year, on procurements through various projects and contracts.

“With such a large amount, it is crucial to prevent wastage and it is the obligation of the government to always ensure that this money is spent prudently.

“The Pakatan Harapan government will improve the government’s procurement and tendering system to ensure it is more competitive and thereby generate the best value for public funds,” he said at a meeting of about 200 senior PWD officers.

Next year, the ministry would use at least the Tier 2 Building Information Model (BIM) for government projects worth RM100 million and above, in line with the Construction Industry Transformation Programme.

BIM involves the process of developing and managing digital information based on a 3D model, involving analysis of design collision, construction simulations, automation of coordination drawing preparation, ready-made drawings and integrated database systems.

At the same time, the government project implementation level was only focusing on adopting the Industrialised Building System at the construction stage but it still lacked the two systems in one project.

“I believe the PWD transformation initiatives to enhance the effectiveness of the delivery system of government projects through extensive BIM application in building projects will become the platform for the development of Artificial Intelligence, Smart Total Asset Management and Smart City towards the Industrial Revolution 4.0,” he said.

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