MyGovt Reform Tracker

Public Procurement

Public procurement is a significant area of any administration to accomplish government programmes through the acquisition of works, supplies and services. A substantial portion of taxpayers’ money is invested into public procurement which must be fully accounted for, as efficiently and transparently as possible, in the interest of the public’s welfare and national progress. However in Malaysia, public procurement is one area that is most vulnerable to corruption and other illegal activities.

It is of utmost priority for Malaysia to have in place a Public Procurement Act to replace various circulars and directives that currently govern procurement practices. The legislation to govern procurement should address long-standing issues especially surrounding the rampant use of direct negotiation currently as well as increase transparency in the area.