What is the purpose of calling for a public tender?

There is no need for an expert to explain why a public tender is called. At times tenders may be restricted, pre qualified, or selected for various reasons like secrecy, confidentiality, expediency or some peculiar reasons like corruption or cronyism.

Normally a public tender is called to ensure that the buyer has the best deal in terms of quality, choice and price. This is normally achieved by having a good number and selections from tenderers with a good mix of products and pricing. The buyer would then be able to make a more informed decision on what are available in the market and the cost of the product or services.

A public tender also ensures fair play, no favouritism, under hand tactics, no fixing, no collusion or corruption. It is about being fair and transparent to the buyer and sellers.

Govt agencies, public or private companies do not established procurement procedures and tender processes for fun. No responsible management staff would simply place a public tender and accept anything that comes along, and the last thing is to accept a one bid tender. This can only happen when the value is insignificant and when there is a critical time issue at stake.

The very fact that a purchase must go through the process is already a reminder to the buyer that they cannot suka suka buy anything at any price. It is a reminder that the process is to ensure the organisation is getting a fair deal and also suppliers are given a fair chance to bid for the tender. There will always be cheats who go through the motion to give an image of transparency and fair play. There will be those who will game the system for obvious reasons as had happened, and anyone who knows the system could do it so easily. And when caught, pretend to be naive and ignorant and mouth things like the system can be improved.

Are these commonsensical objectives of a tender so complicated and difficult to understand? A moron can be expected to overlook such processes and the reasons for them because a moron is simply a moron. Can anyone be more moronic than a moron and failed to observe and practise these basic rules of procurement and purchases using public money?


Anonymous said...

The PAP system is rigged against the citizens

Anonymous said...

If a procurement procedure results in only one bid.

Isn't it about time to review the effectiveness of the procurement procedure?

How to get competitive bids if nobody knows about it?

Can anybody see the loopholes in this system that allows for any potential hanky panky?

Anonymous said...

If a person reviews the 1-bid tender and say "it's ok leh!, would you say this person qualifies to be more "moronic" than a moron!

Anonymous said...


When it is going to work in their favour, they will call for tender to get the highest bid.

When it is not going to work in their favour, do you think they will call for a tender and get the lowest price?

The system is as good as the saying: Heads I win, taile you loose!

Anonymous said...

You see lah!
And they still say I cannot be trusted to manage my own CPF money.
Must control me with a Minimum Sum to double confirm.

I think these Millionaire Ministers should learn to better manage what they are supposed to manage first.
Before they tell me that I cannot manage my own CPF money.

What do you think?

Minister of State Tan Chuan-Jin:
"What is quite clear, is that while everyone needs to plan for his or her own retirement needs, the state needs to ensure that via the CPF, we can provide a basic level of adequacy for most, especially for our lower income Singaporeans."


Anonymous said...


Everybody is doing it in grassroots level..you scratch my back, I scratch yours..err..i think the word is known as 'institutionalized corruption'??! Issit?

Matilah_Singapura said...

Aiyoh. The government must also cover backside. GLC's are supposed to compete in a free and open market.

So public tenders for jobs makes the process look "fair" to everyone.

If I'm not mistaken, public tender offers are required by LAW in order to minimise the likelihood of "corruption".

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Matilah, are you following this case and the facts discovered so far? If not, go to hardwarezone.

Matilah_Singapura said...
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Matilah_Singapura said...

No. Sometimes I don't bother because essentially I write my own opinion from "First principles".

All I know is that as a frequent Hotel Guest, everything works in Hotel Paradise Singapore. Why should I give a fuck as to how the government (the people deserve) spends or decides how to spend all that lovely money bilked from the citizens rice-bowls.

Got Sheeple?

Anonymous said...

MS you ass. Writing opinion is one thing, writing opinion knowing the facts makes your opinion informed instead of yelping all over the place when the facts are staring into your face.

Matilah_Singapura said...

My word, you are so stupid you can't make a living which is why your mum has to such cock so you all have money for food.

If you think reading the Hardware Zone will give you "facts", then you should seriously consider suicide to remove your defective DNA from the gene pool ;-)

Anonymous said...

Matilah_Singapura is as infallible as the Regime.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Matilah, read my latest post 'So frightening'. Think you have bipolar disorder and if you keep trying to confirm this disorder in your outburst here, you better make sure you don't visit any psychiatrist for your own good.

Anonymous said...

Mr Khaw Boon Wan"s face book page is now flooded with enquiries on $2200 Brompton bike,watch how he responses to see through the true heart of this devoted Buddhist,a very rare opportunity.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

People laughed it off when the bragged about his $8 by pass.

This Bromptongate is going to end his political career if he failed to give a decent and acceptable reply to the people. It is a can of worm that has to be let out like the SMRT. Keeping it close is going to be worst.

Anonymous said...

Well,the minister did show his kindness when he read in parliament that sad letter from daughter of NKF T T Durai.
21 Jul 2005: Minister Khaw Boon Wan reads out TT Durai's daughter emotional appeal to PM Lee in parliament, pleading "to restore his reputation and honour, if no wrong doings were found". Khaw criticizes Straits Times coverage of the unfolding drama.

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