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Education Ministry must not waste money on 1Bestarinet

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 01:08 AM PDT

DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw insists that Malaysian Education Ministry appoints a truly reliable company to implement 1Bestarinet.

The ministry is planning to implement a more comprehensive 1Bestarinet to replace Schoolnet. It is learnt that it will spend RM4.5 bil in the next 15 years, that is, RM300 mn a year.

On 1.9.2011, Dr Tan comments on 1Bestarinet project..

Countries in the world including Malaysia are trying to use modern digital technology and infrastructure. For example, Malaysia began in 2004 to introduce Scoolnet. But, seven years later, we are still in the dark about the digital technology provided and the expenditure. We shall pursue these. How many tens of millions of ringgits have been spent?

Now, the ministry is said to be planning 1Bestarinet to provide the most up-to-date digital technology to 9,924 schools in the country. It will replace Schoolnet.

It seems that the ministry opened 1Bestarinet tender from May 5 to 31,11. From the 19 companies which submitted tender, six had been shortlisted, namely, Celcom Axiata Bhd, Jaring Communications,Maxis Bhd, YTL Communications, Multimedia Synergy Corp.,Telecom Malaysia Bhd/Time DotCom Bhd.The Government must be transparent, letting the public know the companies' resources, the ability to deliver as promised and accountability. We do not want a company that has no resources and no capability, going only for profits.

Although the ministry is supposed to have a mechanism to supervise a company that is appointed, it lacks efficiency as seen in the monitoring of the Schoolnet project. The Budget Session of Parliament begins on October 3, 11. We shall bring up Schoolnet and 1Bestarnet projects.

Tan Seng Giaw

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