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Ministry should have called for open tender
FocusM | 12 Jul 2019 00:30
THE on-going spat between YTL Communications Sdn Bhd and the Education Ministry raises an important issue – the absence of a tender to provide internet connectivity to schools.

From what we read, the ministry had for reasons best known to itself, gone ahead and appointed Telekom Malaysia Bhd, Celcom Axiata Bhd and Maxis Bhd as providers of interim internet services from July 1 to Dec 31, 2019, without an open tender. The ministry needs to explain why.

To recap, YTL was awarded the 1BestariNet project in 2011 following an open tender where it beat 18 other companies. The contract was to provide internet connectivity to 10,000 schools for 15 years in phases. The scope includes providing a total learning solution.

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