Constraints to incorporate competition in public-private partnerships in Malaysia

Zawawi, Muhammad Imran Zin, Rathnasinghe, Akila and Kulatunga, Udayangani (2022) Constraints to incorporate competition in public-private partnerships in Malaysia. International Journal of Procurement Management, 15 (2). pp. 257-279. ISSN 1753-8432


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Competition in procurement not only benefits government and taxpayers but also provides an equal market for the private sector. Competitive procurement stimulates market creativity, as it discourages anti-competitive behaviour. Despite the complexity of the PPP procurement process, the world is now promoting competition within it, an element yet to be fully implemented in Malaysia. This paper analyses the constraints that Malaysia faces in effectively maintaining PPP competition. Within the case study research strategy, semi-structured interviews and content analysis were used as data collection and analysing methods. The study found that in its efforts to make the PPP programme a success, the Malaysian PPP has followed flexible implementation, with less emphasis on competition. The effect of focusing only on PPP's macro aim has resulted in a lack of competition. The current challenge is to strike a balance between achieving aims and maintaining governance and therefore getting the best out of PPP in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: competitive procurement; public-private partnership; PPP; good governance; corruption; Malaysia.
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 07:36
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2022 16:45

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