PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) endorses the Selangor government‘s effort to set up an audit committee to monitor the implementation of waste management contracts, and the steps taken towards a more transparent and accountable tender system for future contracts.
However, PKR is also mindful that over the years, contracts have been monopolised by a handful of politically linked class-F contractors.
In order to redress this past imbalance, the Pakatan Rakyat have called for any contractor, irrespective of party affiliation, including those who have previously been denied access due to the monopolistic direct appointment system, to apply for these contracts.
Therefore, any contractor can put forward their applications through the various channels including the offices of the Pakatan Rakyat, Members of Parliament and state assemblypersons.
No contractor will be required to make any form of payment either at this point or any point thereafter for the purpose of forwarding such applications.
Only contractors who are qualified, competent and genuine operators can apply. Broking agents or shell companies certainly cannot apply.
This move should not be perceived as condoning corrupt practices as it merely seeks to affirmatively restore the contract-awarding system to a more level playing field by allowing better access to more and varied contractors.
Note, however, that any Pakatan Rakyat recommendation is still subject to Alam Flora’s final decision-making due to the nature of the current contracts between Alam Flora and local councils.
This process is transitional in nature and ultimately, the aim is to set up a fully transparent, accountable and merit-based process.
PKR reiterates its commitment to combat corruption and corrupt practices.