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Procurement issues in Malaysia

Wee Shu Hui (Accounting Research Institute and Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia)
Radiah Othman (Accounting Research Institute and Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia)
Normah Hj Omar (Accounting Research Institute and Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia)
Rashidah Abdul Rahman (Accounting Research Institute and Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia)
Nurul Husna Haron (Accounting Research Institute and Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 23 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This study was undertaken with the aim of surveying the perception of the two main stakeholders in procurement system; the contractors and the procurement officers on issues such as accountability, transparency, corruption, integrity and cronyism pertaining to the public procurement system in Malaysia.

Design/methodology/approach

Interviews were conducted over a nine‐month period in 2007 to gauge the perception of the procurement officers and contractors on procurement issues in Malaysia. The interview data were then transcribed and grouped according to six main themes; transparency, procurement policies and procedures and its implementation, personnel involved in the procurement system, estimation/budget/pricing, professionalism and ethics and timeliness.

Findings

One of the common complaints made by the contractors was prevalence of interference from outside parties and cronyism, which affects the awarding of contracts. The procurement officers were blamed for malpractice and non‐compliance to the policies and procedures of the procurement system.

Practical implications

The paper deals with sensitive issues and takes several months to successfully gather respondents who willing to give feedback on their experience with the procurement system. The data are first hand information and are carefully transcribed and categorized into categories to help better understanding of the issues raised by the respondents.

Originality/value

The paper deals with sensitive issues and takes several months to successfully gather respondents who willing to give feedback on their experience with the procurement system. The data are first hand information and are carefully transcribed and categorized into categories to help better understanding of the issues raised by the respondents and the private sector.

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Citation

Shu Hui, W., Othman, R., Hj Omar, N., Abdul Rahman, R. and Husna Haron, N. (2011), "Procurement issues in Malaysia", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 24 No. 6, pp. 567-593. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513551111163666

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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