Entering New Territory With Open Tenders

By Zairil Khir Johari

October 2011 COVER STORY
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When the open tender system was introduced by the Penang state government more than three years ago, its architects believed that the transparent process would once and for all eliminate irregularities and political partiality, two traits that were once almost synonymous with public procurement. Zairil Khir Johari explores its implications on the broader socioeconomic picture.“What we really are is anti-corruption.” — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan EngBy and large, it has achieved its objectives. Yet at the same time it has...

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Zairil Khir Johari

is the Penang state executive councillor for public works, utilities and flood mitigation, and the state assemblyman for Tanjong Bunga.