KUALA LUMPUR — Sept. 11, 2019: The Malay Economic Action Council wants the finance ministry to reconsider its recent decision to drop 33 Bumiputera furniture companies from the centralised contract panel list.
In its statement the statement considers the move as being unfair to the companies under the patronage of the Malaysian Bumiputera Furniture Industry Association.
The decision was noted when updating the list of panel companies for supplying and delivering various types of furniture to government agencies in Peninsular Malaysia.
Thirty-three of the 87 companies listed to supply furniture to the agencies were dropped effective last July 15 after the companies failed to obtain the product certification services from the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia within the time given.
“The axing did not take into consideration the reasons, testing status, as well who was in the wrong in this context but instead took the easy way out by by stating they had not obtained the certification before June 28,” said the council.
According to the council, the decision was unfair as the period for testing as well as time to obtain the certification was beyond the control of the companies.
It also said that the companies had their own furniture manufacturing facilities and had been operating for more than 20 years but despite this, still failed to receive the certification on time. — Bernama