Lin said in an attempt to assuage critics, the museum held an open tender for management of the services in 2011, which was won by a private company, but it later voided the bidding results citing the necessity to make changes to the tender requirements.
The museum caused further controversy this August, when the cooperative once again won the tender for the restaurant service.
“From what I have heard, the museum called a meeting in late July to evaluate participants in the tender. The meeting was originally scheduled for 9:30am, but was delayed because the panel of judges decided to hold a closed-door discussion for 30 minutes just before the meeting was about to start,” Lin said.
Lin said the museum also raised the thresholds for the tender, such as by setting a relatively high pre-tax net profit goal for the bid winner, in an apparent attempt to deter other aspirant bidders.
“The museum should immediately halt its controversial practices and investigators should also launch a probe into the museum’s interactions with the cooperative to see if any wrongdoing is involved,” Lin said.