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My replies (in blue) to CM Lim Guan Eng's Taman Manggis/Bungalow Scandal FAQ post today:

The real story behind the sale of Taman Manggis land and the bungalow house controversy (En/Bm/Cn)


The real story behind the sale of Taman Manggis land and the bungalow house controversy


UMNO and Barisan Nasional have been making various false accusations against the Penang state government and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over the sale of Taman Manggis land and the Chief Minister’s house. Through the BN-controlled mainstream media, the state government and the CM have been continuously attacked with false accusations. The following is the true story behind the issue.

Background of Taman Manggis Land

Taman Manggis land is located at the junction of Jalan Zainal Abidin and Jalan Burmah in George Town, Penang. According to a 2001 layout plan submitted by the National Housing Department (under the Housing Ministry) Taman Manggis was designated "for future development". A declassified Penang state EXCO minutes in 2005 shows that the BN state government had wanted to tender out the land to private developers for mixed-development projects with shop houses and government quarters.

LSS: It was a suggestion brought up for discussion that was not even approved. Even if it was approved, it would still be public housing and not sale to a private company. The fact that the DAP Penang Govt was still able to sell this land in 2009 shows that this proposal in 2005 did not proceed.

Another EXCO minutes in 2007 shows that the BN state government rejected the federal government's application to build public housing in Taman Manggis.

This is a blatant lie. The 2007 letter was from the federal govt to take ownership of the land of the ENTIRE Taman Manggis affordable housing project which is a standard practise by the federal govt - not just the 1.1 acres for phase 2. Please read the letter carefully and don't lie anymore.

In 2010, Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (KLIDC) had purchased the 1-acre land which was earmarked as “future development” via open tender to build a hospital to promote medical tourism.

For public and affordable housing, the Penang state government has allocated another 11-acre piece of land in Jalan S.P. Chelliah.

LSS: Again this is incorrect. The houses in the Chelliah project starts at RM72,500 +RM20,000 for a carpark. It is not a direct replacement for the PPRT projects in Taman Manggis Phase 2 where houses would be for rental at RM100 per month or sold for RM40,000 each.

In any case, why should it need to be a replacement when both projects can proceed together? Is it because Penang already have too many affordable homes already?

Open tender means awarding to the company that paid the highest price per square foot. KLIDC was the highest bidder in the open tender exercise.

The Penang State Tender Board that granted the bid to KLIDC is chaired by the Penang State Secretary. The Penang Chief Minister is not a member of the Tender Board.

LSS: It was never an open tender. Please know the difference.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) is an invitation to enter into negotiations. When the successful party is chosen, they have been granted the opportunity to negotiate with the owner/developer for the work, but they have not yet been awarded the contract. 
In contrast, a call for tenders (or open tender) is a more formal, detailed process that gives the bidders the assurance that if they put forward the best bid, judged according to the criteria set out in the tender, they must, in accordance with the law, be awarded the job.

A RFP would NOT be an open tender.
A RFQ (Request for Quotation) would be an open tender. 
In the Taman Manggis case, it is not an open tender at all. To even come close to anything considered as open, they would also have to open up all the bid proposals - whether the winner or the losers - to the public for scrutiny.
And it is also severely restricted in terms of bidders who have experience running a specialised medical center. (see picture)

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1 comment:

  1. Mana lagi mau larilah. Lari sana lari sini sendiri juga yang penatlah. Paling penting mana SPRMlah. Kenapa lambat buat siasatanlah. Mungkin mahu tunggu dia lari diri dululah. Masa tu senang buat kerjalah. Dia sudah lari sama fail dan SPRM pun akan bantu tutup faillah. Habis ceritalah. UMNO/BN juga nanti yang salah.