Looks like the PAP-run town councils have put out a call for tender on February 4th with an advertisement in the morning newsletter.
As can be seen in the ad, there was a briefing that needed to be attended by interested parties that was held on February 7, which happens to be a couple of days before the Lunar New Year holidays. While that is not a big deal, the chances of people missing out on attending this briefing is pretty high given the long weekend that came after that.
Notwithstanding that, it is important to note that if you did not attend the briefing, you cannot get to the actual tender documents even if you choose to pay the $107 for the documents. The tender does ask for the interested parties to be of the EPU/CMP/10 class. If that is the type of entities that are minimally needed, this is a really big project. If it is a big project, then why are the documents not found on the GeBIZ site? The GeBIZ site says that:
“GeBIZ is the Singapore government’s one-stop e-procurement portal. All the public sector’s invitations for quotations and tenders are posted on GeBIZ. Suppliers can search for government procurement opportunities, download tender documents, and submit their bids online. GeBIZ allows any supplier to access public sector business opportunities anywhere and anytime with just an Internet connection.”
Of course, if someone can actually find the tender docs on the GeBIZ, I stand corrected.
I would want to know a few things about the new system that is being requested:
a) Is the project going to be built using open source tools and applications?
b) Will the code of the application be made publicly downloadable once it is done – since it was paid for by tax dollars?
c) Can open source developers take part in this?
The tender closes on March 4 and I look forward to knowing the results.