Tourism minister yet to reply to my query on Pempena Sdn Bhd

Menteri Pelancungan belum balas pertanyaan saya mengenai Pempena Sdn Bhd

The following are a letter and a reminder I sent to YB Dato’ Azlina Othman regarding Pempena Sdn Bhd.
Ini surat pertanyaan dan surat peringatan yang saya kirim kepada YB Dato’ Azlina Othman mengenai Pempena Sdn Bhd.

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Millions of Ringgit have been injected into Pempena Sdn Bhd a company under the care and control of the Tourism Minster.

Berjuta-juta Ringgit telah dilabur ke dalam Pempena Sdn Bhd, sebuah syarikat bawah kawalan dan jagaan Menteri Pelancongan.

Quoting Malaysiakini:

Two government officials of a government linked company have been implicated in a series of scams that have allegedly diverted millions o Ringgit in tourism-development funds into private pockets.

They are said to have:

– Pocketed commissions when refinancing luxury vehicles for a high-end tourist taxi service;

– Approved several contracts to RM2 companies supplying services for tourism-based projects;

– Over-stated the costs of creating an e-tourism portal by about RM5 million; and

– Bypassed Pempena board of directors in “investing” in a restaurant project in Melbourne.

The memorandum named accountant Lim Khing Tai and senior business development manager Raja Norsan Raja Nasron as the main persons behind the alleged scams.

It also claimed that chief executive officer Razali Mohd Daud, who is also deputy director general of Tourism Malaysia’s promotion department, had done nothing despite having received complaints.

Pempena is in poor financial shape compared to 2003, when it had RM50 million for tourism development projects. It now faces several high risk non-profitable investments.

Petikan daripada Malaysiakini:

Dua pegawai kerajaan daripada sebuah syarikat lingkaran kerajaan telah didapati terlibat dalam beberapa perbuatan penipuan yang telah menyalurkan berjuta-juta ringgit yang diperuntukkan untuk kemajuan pelancongan kepada kocek sendiri pula.

Mereka kononnya:

– Menerima komisen apabila kereta mewah dipajak semula untuk tujuan perkhidmatan taxi mewah;

– Meluluskan beberapa kontrak kepada syarikat bermodal RM2 membekalkan perkhidmatan yang berkaitan dengan projek pelancongan;

– Terlebih lapor RM5 juta ringgit perbelanjaan mewujudkan suatu “e-tourism portal” dan

– Melepasi lembaga pengarah Pempena dalam pelaburan warong di Melbourne, Australia.

Catatan menamakan akauntan Lim Khing Tai dan pengurus tinggi pembangunan perniagaan Raja Norsan Raja Nasron sebagai watak utama dalam penipuan yang didakwa berlaku.

Ia juga mendakwa bahawa ketua eksekutif Razali Mohd Daud, juga naib ketua pengarah jabatan promosi Tourism Malaysia, tidak mengambil sebarang tindakan meskipun telah menerima aduan.

Keadaan kewangan Pempena lebih teruk berbanding dengan tahun 2003, apabila ia memiliki dana unutk pembanguan pelancongan. Kini, ia menghadapi beberapa pelaburan yang tinggi risikonya.

Last week I have brought up the financial scandals regarding Pempena Sdn Bhd to the attention of YB Dato’ Azlina Othman. She informed Parliament that the special audit report on Pempena Sdn Bhd by Price Waterhouse will only be ready by 12 November 2008 and she promised to let me have a copy. I have written 2 letters to the said mInister and I have had no response. This is the behaviour of a BN’s minister.

Minggu lepas saya ungkitkan skandal kewangan Pempena Sdn Bhd kepada perhatian YB Dato’ Azlina Othman. Beliau memberitahu parlimen bahawa laporan siasatan kewangan khas terhadap Pempena Sdn Bhd oleh (nota penterjemah:juruaudit terkenal)hanya siap pada tanggal 12 November 2008 dan beliau janji membekalkan satu salinan kepada saya. ISaya telah utus 2 surat kepada beliau namun tiada jawapan. Beginilah kelakuan seorang menteri daripada BN.

*Terjemahan oleh Lee Wee Tak – Ucapan ribuan terima kasih dari Wee Choo Keong.

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