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Customs scanners: don’t wait for the Auditor General


YOUR SAY | “What is the point of auditing once the mess has been created?” “

Millions spent on customs scanners that struggle to digitize

Head hunter: How did the customs service assess the functionality of the equipment during the initial purchase interest?

Did they not send someone to China for a few weeks to observe the reliability of the equipment? Or was it just watching a nice video and a bulleted presentation by the vendor?

The whole system is sick. Instead of waiting for the Auditor General to reveal the details of the contract years later, it is time for the government to put in place a statutory evaluation unit.

This unit should be placed under the authority of the Auditor General and would review all major projects and provide their comments before giving them formal approval and the budget.

What is the point of doing an audit once the mess has been created? No one is being punished anyway.

But believe me, they wouldn’t because that would cut off the very pipeline to corruption.

Public transport is better than highways: Looks like the manufacturers and the bidder were in cahoots to get what they want to pass the Final Acceptance Test (FAT).

If the scanner report showed a “staggering” 50% successful scans rate for trucks, what will happen to the remaining 50%?

It’s no wonder we still have an illegal goods crisis in this country – half of the goods entering the country may be illegal.

Annonymous 080: The only way to achieve the efficiency of such equipment would be to rent it and link the KPIs directly with the manufacturer. This will jeopardize their reputation and that of the damaged customs service.

Public transport is better than highways: @Annonnymouse 080, I agree that a leasing model is much more viable for testing the waters of new equipment, especially equipment that has not been tested and has no reputation in the market.

Although the problem is you are moving the goal post since now companies looking to participate in a tender can now approach dubious manufacturers to produce substandard equipment that will last for the duration of the lease.

In all fairness though, these machines are probably chosen for their cheaper quality and after-sales service, so whoever acquires them can make a lot of money with the bidding.

GreenWalrus8323: Warranty clauses should provide adequate protection and allow the government to oblige the equipment manufacturer or contract holder to rectify the machine. Hopefully milestones and payment terms have been put in place to allow for this type of leverage.

Notwithstanding the above, there is clearly a flexible process to control the FAT / acceptance of the installation, for which someone should be held accountable.

Pierce Brosnan Jr: These scanners are essential to the security of the country. Why can’t politicians figure this out and buy vouchers like the ones used at airports, like Heathrow Airport in London, England? Can you imagine Heathrow using cheap Chinese scanners?

Sahabat Alam: Tuan Ibrahim addressed the COP26 in BM without a translator

FairMalaisian: COP26 is not a forum to present or score political points on Bahasa Malaysia. This is where a minister representing the country explains the initiatives the country has taken or would take to mitigate climate change.

It cannot be wrong to speak in our national language, as many others do in their own mother tongue, but the crucial factor is to get the message across. Tell me, where is the translated text given to the delegates?

If indeed the minister wants to show our national credentials, he should also have presented batik clothes instead of the white man’s suit and tie.

Mazilamani: For my part, I am not against the Minister of Environment and Water, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who presented his speech on behalf of Malaysia at the COP26 summit in Bahasa Malaysia, but why did not has it not been fully prepared with a translator?

Few people would have paid attention to what he spoke, however good or well written, if they did not share the same language.

It wouldn’t be better than giving a speech in front of a group of blind and deaf delegates, he might as well have sent someone who could have read the speech translated into English instead.

From an economic standpoint, it was also a wasted and unproductive trip. The government must take responsibility for this embarrassing error or error in judgment.

As much as we regard Bahasa Malay as a unifying language for Malaysians, the same criteria cannot be imposed on delegates from other countries.

Siva1967: Yes, it does not matter in which language a particular speech is delivered.

It is the speaker’s responsibility to prepare an official translated version for distribution for the understanding of the audience who may not be fluent in the speaker’s language.

Bad Feng Shui: Indeed, the problem here is not that Bahasa was spoken, but that no live translation was given. Malaysia missed a chance to be heard.

Just search online for “COP26 Malaysia” and “COP26 Indonesia” to see the difference. Our neighbor’s views were reported by all the major international news agencies, while there was nothing on Malaysia.

GreyDove8171: Tuan Ibrahim, you were supposed to address the global platform, not please your followers at home. What is the point of a “positive Malaysian response” when your message to the international community gets lost in translation?

There is a time and a place to promote the national language. A summit where the focus is on climate change and the environment, isn’t it.

If anything, it just means your trip to attend COP26 was a complete waste of time and rakyat money. As a Malaysian who is fluent in Malay, I am not proud of your time at COP26.

Amon_Ra: I am not convinced that you need to be fluent in English. However, if I am a delegate and the speaker speaks in a language that I am unfamiliar with and no translation is provided, I will either repeat or take a quick Timah.


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