Binoculars with zoomed price

By now many people would have heard of the infamous night vision Marine binoculars bought by the Malaysian Marine Parks Department (JTLM) at the price of RM56,350. It was revealed in the Auditor-General’s report that the market price of this binoculars is only RM1,940 which means JTLM has overpaid 28 times the actual price!

Binoculars with zoomed price (from Auditor General Report 2010)

There is more to JTLM’s consistent overpayment for equipment:

– RM56,350 for another night vision Bushnell binoculars where actual price is RM2,827 (1,893% more)

– RM47,725 for radar set where actual price is RM8,255 (478% more)

– RM16,100 for LCD TV and DVD player where actual price is RM2,182 (638% more)

– RM11,845 for laptop and printer where actual price is 3,428 (246% more)

To rub salt into taxpayers’ wounds, the equipment purchased at inflated prices were not even delivered as specified in the agreement. The infamous night vision Marine binoculars was replaced with a binoculars without night vision costing only RM1,069. The laptop and printer were replaced with cheaper version which cost only RM2,137. And lastly, the supposedly RM16,100 LCD TV and DVD player were replaced with equipment which costs only RM195!

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