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No to open land tender : Awang Tengah said (Bad News)
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No to open land tender
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Tender system will have adverse impact on the poor who can’t compete with the rich: Tengah

KUCHING: Sarawak is not ready yet to adopt an open land tender system because it will have an adverse socio-economic impact on the poorer segment of the population, said Second Planning and Resource Management Minister Dato Sri Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.

“The poor or those in need of land would not be able to compete with those who are well-to-do in any tender exercise,” Tengah said in his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly yesterday.

Tengah said the government would continue to make land available for development by the private sector.

“The government will balance the needs of the private sector while meeting the basic housing needs and amenities for the population as a whole,” he said.

On Friday, Violet Yong (DAP-Pending) called on the government to introduce open land tenders to “realise the highest price so that there is greater generation of revenue for the state coffers”.

She argued that the move would enable “more accountable and transparent” alienation of state land.

However, Tengah yesterday resisted the proposal, saying that land tender was only “fashionable” in places like Hong Kong or Singapore “where there is limited land”.

He added that those places were already “well developed”.

“These people already have all the basic amenities, including homes for themselves,” Tengah said.

Replying to another question posed by Yong last week, Tengah explained that it was better for the state government to pay contractors “in kind” for certain projects. Yong charged on Friday that Naim Cendera had been a beneficiary of cheap land.

“It is not a special case as alleged by Ahli Yang Berhormat for Pending,” Tengah said, adding that the premium imposed was according to the prescribed rates, and also taking into account other factors.

“The premium imposed for alienation of land for payment-in-kind takes into account that the contract sum is not wholly paid in cash to the developers, and therefore, developers have to incur holding costs, assume development and financial risk and procure their own funding,” he said.

The minister also said that this form of payment would actually save the government from having “to spend more public money”.

“The government wishes to say that if Naim Cendera and other developers have not agreed to accept any payment-in-kind, these essential infrastructure projects would have been delayed and the government would probably have to spend more public money,” he said.

Tengah cited escalating prices of building materials as a factor.

“The cost of undertaking these projects today would have been much higher if Naim Cendera had not agreed to assist the government in implementing those projects under a payment-in-kind scheme.

“In fact, to accelerate development in the state, the state government has undertaken many infrastructure projects by paying in kind, rather than wait for the availability and sufficiency of funds, especially from the government,” Tengah said.

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Re: No to open land tender : Awang Tengah said (Bad News)
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This is real bad news for sarawak. No open land policy means no competitors. No competitors means quality less.

Less competitor means less people will invest here and less investment, less demand on everything...less people come, chances to get more flight/ domestic or international also less compare to an open country like vietnam/ singapore/ Thailand/ etc....Look at those place, many people wanan invest and econmic bomm quickly, whereas us, I think is going to wait for another 2 millenia....seriously....

My frens work in high government post, a very capabale person also wanna leave KL or oversea...look at how many capabale people wanna stay in Kuching?

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It's a load of bullocks if you ask me.

"adverse socio-economic impact on the poorer segment of the population" - ya, like the poor in Sarawak are really benefitting from Naim Cendera and other crony companies getting all the prime pieces of State land.

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I think these people ares i afraid of others come to compete with them. Also, if no outsiders, means no one dig their shit, i mean perhaps they got something fishy - corrupting..that's y they are afraid of open system....

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tats y its so hard for kch to be develop on par with states in the west such s penang,kl,johor..and now sabah.politicaly we are not govern by UMNO but BN.S'wak is stil considered "Privatise" compare with other m'sian states.thats y u dont see many west m'sian company doing projects in kch,business franchise don just open in kch.everything is being well controlled by our local "Chief".they want tings to be done just within ourself locally...not to involve outsiders...for wat purpose?only u n i noe.

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Hmm, if still continue like this, we will be f=very far behind from those states mentioned. Ashame lerr.

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Re: No to open land tender : Awang Tengah said (Bad News)
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Hmm, if still continue like this, we will be f=very far behind from those states mentioned. Ashame lerr.


Sarawak, with all it's natural wealth in resources, rank as the 4th poorest state in the whole country. The same old chap has been running the state for close to 3 decades. Now it doesn't take a genius to figure out something is wrong here.

Back to the open land tender thingie, it's hilarious what Awang Tengah gave as an explanation. Namely, he said Naim Cendera was actually helping out the government by accepting prime parcels of state land as payment in kind for various construction projects. Tengah said that this meant that the actual price paid by Naim Cendera for those parcels of state land was much higher than at first glance. Duh, what about their inflated contract price for the construction projects, you moron? You think we're that stupid not to know they earn from there as well?

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put it simple..those guys up above is sucking tis state dry.everyting for themself.who cares about o those development tat other parties can bring...we do but they dont.tats wat matters most.ppl can use the other end of ur brain to mayb tink...we have land,oil,timber and o else tat comes with it but y are we still a state stagnant from develpment?we hav been standing still for so many years!look 8 our neighbouring state sabah?whr r they now n whr r we?really a disapointing shame!

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"adverse socio-economic impact on the poorer segment of the population" .
in a true open tender system, the business will go to the contractor with the lower price. hence, means government do not need to spend as much taxpayer money as they would have initially. so actually, their explanation is telling you their poor poor "truth" story. they think their robinlanpahood
Like for example in movie ahlong pte ltd, they say they lend you the money but cannot get back the $, they also have the family to feed. so actually, these people are rich powerful people with poor people mindset, worst off is they can help, but doesn't do it heartfully unless there's something to gain. it's just selfishness, everybody is selfish to some extend, it's just the level of selfishness & willingness is different.

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i doubt open tender system exist.its just a conspiracy which thy use to settle the peoples mind n to prove thy r sincere n clean!wat happens btween the contractor n them only SOME will noe.lowest price will get the project?but does the public get to noe which contractor really made the lowest offer?alot of major projects which has just been completed here in kch...hav we ever seen those projects being tendered in the newspaper?how com the rich bcome richer n the poor just bcom more pokai?look around..big bzness here o hav conection with the OLD mighty 1~we all noe who!

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