Special Operations Command Durian Tender

This is interesting. The Speical Operations Command has a very special operation lately, to organise a Durian Party aka Operation Stink for its officers. And they need 1200kg of durians! Because of the size and cost of the whole operation, a tender was put up on GeBIZ for tender.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against the Singapore Police Force holding durian party for their well deserving officers. Its good to see that the SPF take care of their officers’ welfare. But the tender requirement is really funny. The quotation notice has been taken down from GeBIZ as the closing date is over. But I managed to find the requirements in other websites.

REQUIREMENT/SPECIFICATION

• The taste of the durian must of 70% bitter and 30% sweet of the total quantity;

• All vendors who participate in this ITQ shall provide durian tasting at their own cost and this is a critical evaluation criteria; (date will be revert by Authority, once this ITQ is close and the location will be at Special Operations Command, Queensway Base)

• Successful vendor shall provide the durian with the same quality as per the above tasting. Any deviation, the vendor shall be liable and the Authority has the right to reject the goods and payment will not be made for the whole sum as per Purchase Order issue;

• There will be 11 sessions of delivery, 4 sessions will be at Police K9 unit located at Chua Chu Kang and the rest will be at Special Operations Command, Queensway;

• There might be clashed of session between the two places and vendor must be able to accommodate to this request;

• Every session shall commence at 1700 hrs and any changes to this timing shall be notified by the Authority one day before the session;

• No transport claim shall be allowed for all the 11 sessions;

• Successful vendor shall provide 2 persons (must be familiar with the quality of the durian) to open and serve the durian on the spot on every session;

• These persons shall provide advise on the quality of the durian and must be able to make decision for the replacement once the durian is of inferior quality;

• All necessary equipment (inclusive of table for the opening of durian and boxes for take away) in regard to the durian shall be provided by the vendor;

• The successful vendor shall in charge of removing the eaten durian husk after every session and dispose off at the appropriate rubbish bin (not in user premise);

• All vendors shall quote the price base on per kg i.e. $1 of 1400kg = $1,400 and the price shall not be inclusive of GST. GST will be included once invoice received;

• The amount quoted shall be final and successful vendor must abide to this requirement; and

• The successful vendor shall provide familiarization tour of their premise for the evaluation team when call upon by the Authority. The vendor must be able to brief types of durian and place where the durian originated.

Some of the requirements are funny lor. For example:-

The taste of the durian must of 70% bitter and 30% sweet of the total quantity
How does the durian seller ensure that it is 70% bitter and 30% sweet? How do you measure? What if it is 71% bitter and 29% sweet?

Successful vendor shall provide the durian with the same quality as per the above tasting.
How do you ensure that all the durian are with the same quality? Pluck from the same tree? Let’s hope someone managed to find a durian tree with 1200kg of durians.

Every session shall commence at 1700 hrs and any changes to this timing shall be notified by the Authority one day before the session
Got 11 sessions and all session will start at 1700hrs. Why so special?

Successful vendor shall provide 2 persons (must be familiar with the quality of the durian) to open and serve the durian on the spot on every session
I don’t know about this, but it sounds like a wine sommelier durian sommelier to me.

Imagine the durian sommelier opening the durian, take a small bite and say “This is a 2007 D24 Durian from the Cat Mountian estate. Durian from this region has a whitish yellow colour and a special silky texture due to the mountain landscape. Because it is harvested at the early season… blah blah blah”

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Good luck to whoever that bid for this tender.
No wonder this tender is being handled by Special Operations Command. Indeed some special operation.

5 comments

  1. Ya, I read that too. I guess the beauty of a tender is to make the vendor selection process fair and not someone inside that unit pockets “kick back” from the vendors.

    I especially find that 70% bitter 30% sweet amusing. They must as well ask for Malaysia durians, no?

  2. wilfrid: Malaysian durian no problem. Scally they want Singapore durian. Go where find? haha.

    Actually, tender can also find own pple one. Last time SAF got one ganna court case mah.

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