Parliament Questions Time, 15 April 2009

Why was EPF so keen in investing in Air Asia shares?

PEMBERITAHUAN PERTANYAAN

DEWAN RAKYAT, MALAYSIA

DARIPADA     :   TUAN WEE CHOO KEONG  (WANGSA MAJU)

PERTANYAAN :   BERTULIS

TARIKH         :   16 Februari 2009 – 19 March 2009

Tuan Wee Choo Keong (Wangsa Maju) minta MENTERI KEWANGAN menyatakan jumlah saham Air Asia yang telah dibeli oleh Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) dan menyenaraikan butir-butir terperinci mengenai tarikh setiap urus niaga dan jumlah saham terlibat pada semua tarikh tersebut.

JAWAPAN:

Tuan Yang di-Pertua,

Untuk makluman Yang Berhormat, pegangan saham Air Asia oleh KWSP setakat 27 Februari 2009 ialah sebanyak 216,861,900 unit atau 9.13 % dari jumlah keseluruhan saham Air Asia. Butir-butir adalah seperti berikut:

Tarikh

Belian ( Unit )

Jualan ( Unit )

2005

47,718,600

1,917,800

2006

79,825,400

33,767,700

2007

101,122,200

79,200,500

2008

126,468,100

25,502,500

2009

2,116,100

Note:

The Ministry of Finance was supposed to provide the above answer during the Parliamentary Session in March 2009 but it was only given to me only on 15 April 2009.

It was strange that EPF was buying more Air Asia shares than selling them. It was equally strange that EPF chose to invest in Air Asia in a big way when Air Asia has no long standing track records or good track records for that matter.

It would be interesting for us to know at what prices EPF bought the said Air Asia shares.

It would appear that EPF is the single largest shareholder in Air Asia. I am sure that we all would like to know whether EPF is getting returns from the Air Asia shares.

I will table questions in the next sitting of Parliament on what basis EPF has invested such a big sum in Air Asia, what were the prices that EPF bought the Air Asia shares and what were the returns EPF has received from Air Asia. It must be noted that the former Deputy Minister of Finance, Tan Sri Mohd Nor Yakop, is a good friend of  Datuk Tony Fernandes, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Air Asia.

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

Nota:

Kementerian Kewangan seharusnya memberi jawapan dalam sesi parlimen di March 2009 tetapi hanya boleh memberi kepada saya pada 15 April 2009.

Nampaknya aneh bahawa KWSP lebih banyak membeli saham Air Asia daripada menjualnya. Aneh juga KWSP menambahkan pelaburannya dalam Air Asia sedangkan syarikat ini tiada catatan sejarah yang lama.

Menarik juga jika kita boleh ketahui apakah harga sesaham semasa KWSP membeli saham tersebut.

Nampaknya KWSP mungkin pemegang saham terbesar dalam Air Asia. Saya pasti kita semua ingin tahu bagaimanakah pulangan daripada saham Air Asia kepada KWSP.

Saya akan mengemukakan soalan dalam sesi parlimen yang akan datang mengenai apakah sebab KWSP melabur begitu besar dalam Air Asia, apakah harga belian saham serta pulangan daripada pelaburan. Patut diambil tahu juga bahawa bekas Naib Menteri Kewangan, Tan Sri Mohd Nor Yakop, adalah kawan akrib Datuk Tony Fernandes, iaitu Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Air Asia.

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13 thoughts on “Parliament Questions Time, 15 April 2009

  1. ahoo

    Thank you for being the people’s voice against the many ills of AirAsia and others ! Do continue to dig into their “strongroom” to unearth more treasures.

    No wonder when EPF was enjoying one of their good day for 2007-2008, the final payout was mere 4.5%. They may be able to cover some track with creative accounting BUT ultimately, the truth will surface with more people coming to their senses and offering information.

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  2. anonymous

    It was an indirect bailout.

    In 2007 the big foreign shareholder pull out of Air Asia and sold their shares and I believe that after this event that EPF started to buy Air Asia shares in the big way.

    There are much better value shares than Air Asia shares in the Bursa KL and yet EPF under the control of the then Deputy Minister of Finance Tan Sri Nor Yakop saw it fit to choose Air Asia.

    YB Wee was right that Tan Sri Nor Yakop is a close friend of Tony Fernandes, the CEO of Air Asia.

    I am shocked that EPF holds 216,861,900 shares in Air Asia. I am sure that EPF bought the Air Asia at the average price above RM1.30 per shares. I am sure that if EPF were to dispose of it now it would have lost many million Ringgit.

    YB Wee should ask the Minister of Finance to explain on what basis EPF bought 216 millions of Air Asia shares when it was an open secret that Air Asia was unable to pay the airport tax to MAHB.

    What a bull shit after all!

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  3. Con Job

    Surprised! Surprised! Surprised! EPF is the 9.13% shareholder of Air Asia. It would appear that the officers in the charge of investment must be very stupid to invest in 216,861,900 shares in Air Asia, a company with little background or unimpressive background.

    It must have caused EPF more than RM216 million to buy the 216,861,900 unit of shares in Air Asia. Now they are worth very much less than RM216 million. The EPF officers concerned should be sacked for buying the 216,861,900 shares unless they can show evidence that they were instructed by the power that be to buy the Air Asia shares.

    Another Con Job at the expense of the workers. The PM should investigate into the purchase of Air Asia shares by EPF.

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  4. Mohd Noor Haji Jaafar

    Pembelian 216juta saham Air Asia oleh EPF amat mengejutkan. Adakah pembelian saham tersebut untuk bail out Air Asia yang mana pelabur asing telah menjual saham tersebut. Saya rasa banyak lagi saham yang lebih baik dari Air Asia di Bursa Kuala Lumpur yang boleh dibeli oleh EPF.

    Memandangkan Tan Sri Nor Yaakob adalah kawan rapat dengan Tony Fernandez saya rasa bekas Menteri Kedua Kewangan menggunakan pengaruhnya supaya EPF membeli saham tersebut. Rakyat juga ingin tahu berapakah nilai satu saham dalam pembelian tersebut dan berapakah hasil EPF dapat dari pembelian tersebut. Adakah pembelian tersebut melebihi harga saham semasa.

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  5. Tony The Con Man

    I am very sad to know that EPF had bought 216 million shares in Air Asia, a company with very poor record. For a start, it can not even pay the airport tax worth RM65 million which it has already collected from the public. If one cannot pay the airport tax that one has collected then this speaks volume for the state of financial health of the company.

    EPF is just too stupid to invest in Air Asia when there are so many other counters to invest in. Of course, EPF must help Pak Lah crony!

    The government should investigate into why EPF invested so much monies in Air Asia when every one knows that Air Asia is not at all healthy financially.

    The government should also investigate whether EPF bought a big chunk of Air Asia shares when its big foreign shareholders sold their shares.

    Something is very wrong some where. Just investigate and charge Pak Lah cronies for allowing EPF to invest in Air Asia. This deals smell like shit!!!

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  6. Stupid EPF

    I just cannot believe that EPF could do such a stupid thing by investing in 216 million of Air Asia shares. I am certain that the 216 million shares would have cost EPF more than RM300 million of the workers retirement fund.

    Everybody now know that Air Asia is an ailing company, which cannot even afford to pay the airport tax (RM69 millions) it had already collected form the members of the public.

    How stupid the EPF officers were! No, they are not stupid. Most probably they are receiving instructions from the power that be to buy the Air Asia shares as an indirect bailout.

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  7. anti-kroni

    YB yang dikasihi, terima kasih kerana berjaya mendedahkan isu sebegini. Ternyata, Barisan kerajaan terdahulu memang tidak ambil peduli tentang rakyat serta menggunakan wang simpanan mereka untuk kepentingan kroni2 seperti airasia. Percayalah dengan isu baru yang YB bangkitkan, mereka sekali lagi akan divert the public’s attention dengan menimbulkan soal lapangan terbang baru, soal ketidak cekapan MAHB serta isu2 lain. They are good with this. While we are happy with airasia’s low fares, democratising the public to fly but soal bail out kroni mesti dihapuskan. Katakan tidak pada tony d crony!

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  8. anonymous

    There are so many good stocks in the market, why must EPF chose Air Asia, an sick company. As rightly put by other readers that Air Asia is very “sick financially” that it cannot even pay the RM65 million airport tax it has collected.

    EPF is equally sick to have invested in the 216 million Air Asia shares. A clear case of abused of public fund by EPF!

    I fully agree that there must be a thorough investigations into the ways in which EPF has invested in public listed companies. I am sure that these Air Asia is not the only case.

    EPF should now get rid of Air Asia shares and buy into financially healthy companies.

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  9. Ragu

    EPF officers are not stupid. They just take instructions blindly. Nevertheless, they should be disciplined and sacked for making such a stupid investment in Air Asia. We all know what Air Asia is all about. Air Asia needs political protections at all time. Now without Pak Lah and the 4th floor and coupled with economic slowdown, I think Air Asia will be in trouble.

    Lets see how many more Air Buses Air Asia could take.

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  10. Idiot EPF

    EPF officers just take instructions. They have no brain to think for the workers. There are just gaji buta. No one in the right mind would have invested 216 millions shares in Air Asia. It is wasting the workers monies to help an ailing company.

    No corporate investors would have invested into Air Asia. Even the Mat Salleh companies divested from Air Asia and the stupid EPF jumped on to the band wagon to buy Air Asia shares to help.

    Tan Sri Nor Yakop is keeping very quiet when it involves Air Asia. WHY???

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  11. CON AIR

    Hmmmm,
    9% = 216.8 millions shares , if at RM 1.00 per shares = RM 216.8 RMiilions

    100% = 2.408 billions shares = RM 2.408 billions.

    Can somebody tell me how can a budget airlines that charge RM 1.00 for their fares eventhough their load factor averaging only 60 % can raise so much money, not to forget, it was RM1.60 when it was first listed ???

    Money laundry , anyone… let “Toni Dobhy” do the cleaning for you !!!

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  12. ingin tau

    Terima kasih atas soalan ini..menarik untuk diketahui umum. saya memohon jasa baik tuan untuk bertanyakan mengenai perjalanan sebuah agensi kerajaan iaitu Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia (BERNAMA).

    Agensi ni mempunyai 2 skim iaitu kormesil dan SSM. Tetapi yang dianak tiri aialah skim kormesil, mereka ini boleh ditamatkan kerja bila-bila masa dan tiada faedah-faedah sampingan sebagaimana dinikmati oleh SSM.

    soalan.

    1. Adakan apa-apa tindakan untuk menyerapkan petugas komersil ke dalam SSM.

    Skim gaji yang jauh berbeza antara langit dan bumi. ramai petugas komersil telah mencapai gaji mati melebihi 5 tahun. Ini amat memalukan.

    Saoalan.

    1. Apakah tindakan HRM untuk mengatasi masalah ini.

    Terdapat 2 anak syarikat yang menggunakan dana BERNAMA tetapi tidak membayar semula dana pinjaman itu sebaliknya mengistiharkannya sebagai keuntungan. Syarikat ini seumpama lintah darat.

    Bessar dan Bernama-TV, tidak mengeluarkan sebarang modal. hanya pekerja sahaja. syarikat ini tidak perlu membayar sewa apa – apa pun, sebaliknya syarikat ini mengenakan pula caj perkhidmatan kepada bernama. Tiada apa kerja pun yang mereka lakukan.

    soalan.

    1. Bolehkah diperincikan kedudukan syarikat ini.

    saya mohon YB tanyakan soalan ini kedapa menteri berkenaan.

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  13. Wee Choo Keong

    Ingin Tau

    Terima kasih sdr. Saya akan membawa soalan-solan sdr mengenai dengan Bernama ke Parlimen untuk jawab oleh Menteri Penerangan.

    Terima Kasih

    wee choo keong

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