SERIAN: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) welcomes open tenders for mega projects to be built in the state under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) from 2021 to 2025.

Its director Razim Mohd Noor said the concept of ‘open tender’ symbolised the transparency of the state government to bring justice to all.

“This is a very good thing and it has been our intention all this while. This move also means that the state government can get rid of the perception of ‘pilih bulu’ (favouritism) in the tendering process,” he said.

He said this to reporters after launching a state-level International Anti-Corruption Day at Serian Resident’s Office here, yesterday.

Razim said the federal government also adopted open tenders for mega projects nationwide.

“It is part of Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto. Therefore, we see that the measures to eradicate corruption in both governments are similar although the two are politically different,” he said.

SAY ‘NO’ TO CORRUPTION… Razim shows a sign bearing ‘Tak Nak Rasuah’ (No to Corruption) to about 80 students of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) conducting a study on anti-corruption in Serian town.

Earlier, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said all the bridge projects in the state that cost billions of ringgit would be awarded through open tenders.

He stressed that lobbying for such projects would not be allowed because the state government wanted good governance and transparency.

Among the mega projects to be implemented by the state government under the 12MP are Batang Rambungan Bridge, Kuala Kemena Bridge and Batang Lassa Bridge.

Later, the state government will launch the Batang Saribas Bridge, Batang Krian Bridge and Batang Paloh Bridge.

He also stressed that the RM1 billion Batang Lupar Bridge would be awarded via open tender.