5 Jul 2012, 7.20PM
The National Parks Board (NParks) recently bought 26 Brompton foldable bicycles for $2200 each for use by staff in the Park Connector Division. National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan wrote on his blog yesterday that he had contacted Nparks on this and they had explained to him that the purchase of the bicycles would allow staff to raise their productivity.
Minister Khaw said on his blog that due to the increase in demand on NParks staff to do field and tree inspections as park connectors were now 50km longer, providing staff with bicycles would enable them to cover more ground and do more inspections within the same time.
He noted that each officer in Nparks’ Park Connector Division typically cover some 30km to 40km each day as part of their inspections. He added that a tender was put up on a government website for the purchase but at the close of the quotation, only one vendor has responded. He said that after Nparks has researched on and tested the equipment proposed, they had proceeded with the purchase after noting that the price quoted for the Brompton bicycles was lower than the listed retail price of the same model.
Minister Khaw said he is satisfied with Nparks’ explanation but added that it might have been able to snag a better deal if more vendors had participated in the tender.
He has requested for his ministry to discuss this particular case with government agencies to see if there are lessons to be drawn from this.