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Malaysian experience with Public Private Partnerships (PPP) – managing unsolicited proposals

Zin Zawawi, MI, Kulatunga, U and Thayaparan, M 2016, 'Malaysian experience with Public Private Partnerships (PPP) – managing unsolicited proposals' , Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 6 (5) .

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Purpose – Lack of competition in procurement processes may affect the sustainable procurement due to overpriced and low quality infrastructure. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the current practices of Malaysia in handling unsolicited proposal within PPP and to suggest ways in which the practices can be improved to achieve sustainability. Design/methodology/approach – Case study on Unit Kerjasama Awam Swasta (UKAS) was conducted within which 13 semi-structured interviews were carried out with different groups: the policymakers, the practitioners and the experts. The study also scrutinised published guidelines and relevant regulations used by UKAS for unsolicited proposal. Findings –UKAS welcomes unsolicited proposal from the private sector, even though it does not publish any established mechanisms to handle such proposals. Lack of competition in unsolicited proposal is a major concern in achieving sustainable goals of procurement. This could be addressed by introducing a competitive element to unsolicited proposal, Originality/value – There is limited study and reports on the implementation of unsolicited proposal by the Malaysian Government. Besides adding to the literature, this paper reveals the actual practices of UKAS in managing unsolicited proposal. Most importantly, it is useful in assisting potential Malaysian PPP stakeholders and investors in what to expect, based on findings from the actual practice.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2044-124X
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Udayangani Kulatunga
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 08:37
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 09:19

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