PM: Suspend award to Venturepharm to build Malaysia Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010 until completion of investigations by MACC

The Star Newspapers reported on page 6 on 5th August, 2009:

“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is investigating several officials from the Tourism Ministry following allegations of irregularities.  It is learnt that the MACC was investigating the awarding of contract to a foreign company that did not have the expertise to run a project that is said to be worth more than RM10 mil.

MACC officers would also be sent overseas to collect documents and files pertaining to the awarding of the contract, allegedly made via direct negotiations.

Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong had in June raised in the Dewan Rakyat several issues concerning the Tourism Ministry.  He had alleged that the ministry was involved in irregularities, especially in the awarding of contracts to a company that had no experience in the field.”


In June 2009 I have questioned the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations in Parliament with regards to the said ministry granting Technofund worth RM5.36 million to Venturepharm Aisa Sdn Bhd (Venturepharm), which has no experience in research work of any kind, to do research into bio-feed.  As a result of the questioning in Parliament, the said Minister has frozen the remaining payment of RM3,095,200-00 to Venturepharm pending investigations.

Venturepharm has entered into a back to back research agreement with a company in USA known as XLW Inc, whose general manger is Mr Ken Yang Keng Chiang. I have forwarded evidence to the said minister and MACC director-general to show that XLW Inc is a questionable company with no research background.

Mr Ken Yang Keng Chiang is also a director of Daley PR & Communication Co Ltd (Daley PR) in China.  Madam Grace Chen Oyan Yun Shai (Madam Grace Chen)  is also the chairman of Daley PR. Grace Chen is also the director and shareholder of Venturepharm.

grace chen

Madam Grace Chen Oyan Yun Shai,
the influential Taiwanese who has acquired Malaysian citizenship. She is the Chairman of Daley PR & Communication Co Ltd, China, and director and shareholder of Venturepharm Asia Sdn Bhd.

ken yang

Mr Ken Yang Keng Chiang,
the managing director of Daley PR & Communication Co Ltd based in Guangzhou, China and also the general manager of XLW Inc, a joint venture partner of Venturepharm Asia Sdn Bhd.

Daro Worldwide Sdn Bhd (Daro), sharing the same registered office as Venturepharm, was also awarded the contract by direct negotiation by Ministry of Tourism to run the Tourism Call Centre. Madam Grace Chen’s son, Mr Chin Fook Kwon is a director and shareholder of Daro. Daro had no experience in operating any call centre of any kind.

After YB Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen left the Ministry of Tourism and Culture as its Deputy Minister in 2003, her personal assistant, Madam Ivy See also left the ministry and joined Daley PR as a very active director.

Incidentally, Daley PR has been appointed by the Ministry of Tourism to handle all advertising and promotion works in China.  I believe that the said ministry must have paid out many millions of Ringgit to Daley PR.

On 10 April 2009 YB Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen was appointed the Minister of Tourism and soon after her said appointment, she canceled the first tender for the Malaysia Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010 and called for a new one. In the first tender, Venturepharm did not take part and in the second tender Venturepharm took part and it was awarded the tender against the other companies which have previous experience in building such pavilions. Again, Venturepharm has no experience whatsoever in the construction business.

MACC should call upon the following persons to help in its investigations into the scam. They are: Madam Grace Chen Oyan Yun Shai, Mr Yap Heng Tun (the owner of the building, Wisma Daro, which houses all the companies connected to Madam Grace Chen Oyan Yun Shai and the Tourism Call Centre), Mr Ken Yang Keng Chiang, Madam Ivy See, Mr Chin Fook Kwon, members of staff of Venturepharm, Daro, Daley PR, XLW Inc and the high ranking officers in the Ministry of Tourism.

In view of the ongoing investigation by MACC into Venturepharm and the Tourism Ministry awarding of contracts to foreign companies, for the sake of the image of the country, YAB Datuk Seri Najib, the PM, should suspend the award of the project to build the Malaysia Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010 to Venturepharm until the completion of the investigation by MACC.

22 thoughts on “PM: Suspend award to Venturepharm to build Malaysia Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010 until completion of investigations by MACC

  1. memang sedih

    Is this all true? I hope not for our country, if not how sedih this would be and how unfair for all tax paying Malaysians.

    I struggle to make ends meet everyday, as do many other Malaysians, I wonder if all those involved in this stop and think about what it means to take millions from our hard earned money, to betray our trust and to do as they wish.

    People should provide the authorities all the information on this, before they themselves will be blamed to save someone else.

    These cases always end up that way, small fry is fried, big fry no fried just swim away. Time for small fry to make sure they dont get fried unfairly.

    Please clear up this mess soon, if not all the negative press in this internet age is stopping people from coming to our beautiful country.

    If we can show the world we can do things right and we always follow the law and are fair, they will love Malaysia once more and come back, if not no project can attract people when they know things dont look right.

    They will look down and laugh at us.

    And dont say this also happen in other countries, if you say that, you are no better than low life in other countries, better you look for another job and give better Malaysians the chance to make this country proud and to make all Malaysian feel proud.

    To go Shanghai, Malaysian booth and then see Indonesia roof, very strange.

    So faster please correct this situation.

    Memang Sedih

  2. Malaysia Boleh

    This is the Malaysia Boleh. I know that Ng Yen Yen will tell us that all the connections were coincidences including Grace Chen Oyan Yun Shai is a good friend of hers. Even her ex pa resigned to join Grace Chen’s company in China, Daley PR.

    Ng Yen Yen better resign for the sake of the country. Najib please suspend the award to Ventrurepharm until the completion of the MACC. I am sure that with the glaring facts, MACC will definitely find something to take actions.

    Suspend the award to Venturepharm because it was too clear for any one to see it except Ng Yen Yen.

  3. 1 rakyat

    Thre is some resemblence between NYY and Grace.

    They look c…..

    Anyway I believed Malaysia Pavilion will be very popular among the tourist with all the NEGATIVE news published in the Official Website.

    Note: Certain word has been deleted to avoid unnecessary problem. Administrator.

  4. Chin

    Thank you YB for posting the pictures of Grace Chen, the famous Taiwanese with powerful MCA political connection and a very good friend of Ng Yen Yen, and Ken Yang Cheng Kiang, the famous researcher for biofeed. What a scam?

    What coincidences? The connection with Ng Yen Yen is so clear. Ng Yen Yen stop bullshitting anymore. You have no place to hide.

  5. Ahmad

    Thank you bro YB for publishing the photos of the two main actress and actor. They don’t look decent to me.

    I heard that the staff at Ministry of Tourism was not too happy with Grace Chen. She is very imposing and always used the name of Ng Yen Yen to get her way in all things.

    Ng Yen Yen, with all the coincidences what have you got to say. Obviously nothing because you are too involved. So better resign for the sake of the country.

  6. Malaysia Boleh

    Oh Ya! no political link said Datuk Ng Yen Yen. How about linking to her? What is her personal assistant doing in Daley PR ( a company owns by Grace Chen)?

    Datuk Ng Yen Yen should tell us why is Grace Chen is so powerful in Ministry of Tourism?

  7. munir

    Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen, where are you? Why are you keeping so quiet about this matter. After you have made the statement that Venturepharm has no political link and you went into silence mode.

    YB gave us a full blown account of your relationship with Grace Chen and you are still keeping quiet. Ng Yen Yen just stop the award to your friend company and you will not get the problems. You know that Grace Chen is very powerful before but she is not so powerful now.

    Ng Yen Yen please cancel the project to Venturepharm and save Malaysia from being laughed at. I know you don’t care but we, Malaysians do care.

  8. anonymous

    I am surprised to read about a new personality by the name of Mr Yap Heng Tun, who is the owner of Wisma Daro which houses all the companies connected to Grace Chen Oyan Yun Shai. I am told that he is also a contractor.

    Interesting research by YB Wee. I am sure that Mr Yap can definitely help MACC in its investigation into the activities of Grace Chen.

    Grace Chen is getting too bold within the Ministry of Tourism. Many middle ranking officers are very upset with her because she pushed them around and they could not do anything as she was backed by the high ranking officers.

  9. Lee

    It was all a con job. Najib should intervene under the slogan of Rakyat Dahulu. I am sure that it is just an empty slogan to fool the public.

    If this project is allowed to go ahead then the future of this BN government is doomed.

  10. Joyce

    Datuk Ng Yen Yen, why are still keeping quiet about YB Wee allegations against you. Your silence seems to tell me that the allegations were all true. If they were true then you must step down as Minister of Tourism. It is high time that the PM must ask Datuk Ng Yen Yen to resign for this scandals, which have affected the image of Malaysia.

    Datuk Ng Yen Yen please resign to save the country then you can migrate to Australia. I am sure that Australia will accept you because I believe you have a PR status there.

  11. Con Job

    Why is Ng Yen Yen has good friend like Grace Chen? She must have her own reason that’s why her personal assistant, Madam Ivy See left the Ministry of Tourism soon after Ng Yen Yen was moved from Ministry of Culture & Tourism to Ministry of Finance. Ivy See immediately joined none other than Daley PR, which belongs to Grace Chen. All these have been stated by YB Wee.

    Ng Yen Yen, we all have enough of you and your good Taiwanese friend. Please resign or the PM should sack Ng Yen Yen because she does not look after the interest of Malaysia otherwise Venturrepharm will never get the project.

    Resign! Resign! Resign! Ng Yen Yen

  12. Anonymous

    With all the facts exposed by YB, Datuk Ng Yen Yen is a dead duck! No fair minded PM can condoned what had happened. Malaysians cannot allow one Taiwanese to screw up the country resources.

    I do agree with the other comments here that based on the facts, Datuk Ng Yen Yen must resign immediately. If not, the PM must sack her for not protecting the image of Malaysia.

  13. Lim

    The facts are too obvious. Datuk Ng Yen Yen must go. There is no room for her in Malaysian government. She allowed the rakyat money to be abused by this Taiwanese, who recently obtained Malaysian citizenship.

    The government should also investigate how she obtained the Malaysian citizenship when she has not made any contribution except to abuse our resources.

    There is no space for people like Grace Chen. We welcome genuine foreigners into this country but not foreigner like Grace Chen. She is cheating our country.

  14. RAJES

    If I were to be Ng Yen Yen, I do not know where to hide. Please stop asking her to resign because she will never do so. She still got so many unfinished business with Grace Chen. How about Daley PR. How about Ivy See?

    What is the PM doing about this matter. Please do not tell me that awarding contract in such strange circumstances is part of !Malaysia policy. And this is also “Rakyat Dahulu!”

  15. Kang

    what a con job! Ng Yen Yen thought that Malaysians are just so stupid. only Taiwanese are clever and good! Yb Wee you must pursue this in the coming session of Parliament.

    Never thought that Ng Yen Yen dare to go this far. This is typical of MCA and BN!

  16. 1 rakyat

    This article is published in World expo website . The world is now recognising all those actors and actresses as their faces were featured in this articles as well.

    Best actress :Ng Yen Yen
    Best supporting actresses : Grace Chen
    Best supporting actor: Ken Yang Keng Chiang
    Best actor: Ong Tee Keat (most likely)

    What a SCANDAL!!!!

  17. Pegawai Khas

    I sincerely hope that the points raised as to the nepotism and cronyism will not go unchecked and validated.

    The Minister was in China recently,hopefully not to clear the tracks of Grace Chen,by the way has any police report been made concerning this.I think a petition should be submitted to the PM and a media conference should be called to highlight the matter.

    I remember that the war-cry of 100 days of the PM in Office, corruption was one of the areas that was pledged to be weeded off and eradicated,yet we have this blatant sypnosis being played out by the upper echelons of society as derelict they may be.

    By the way, please insist investigating all who were in the supply chain process during the reign supreme of Grace Chen, it seems to me that she has already greased the palms of several purveyours and practitioners within the governmental outfits representing the government.

    Pegawai Khas
    MC A/L AR

  18. Pegawai Khas

    I am wondering what has happpened with the investigations, as the whole trail has gone cold.

    Anyway as a Pegawai Khas I can account that most of the individuals like us often have our palms greased,but to what degree it is done is often negotiable.

    We are entrusted to handle the nations interests but often we abdicate from our responsibilities.

    But I am getting into the relaity of things that I should have a conscience, so I would like to come clean and request that MACC does something about all these atrocities,including the Minister herself…and certainly Grace.

    MC A/L AR

  19. 1 rakyat

    Malaysia has ben accused by Indonesia authority over cultural theft by featuring “pendet dance” an ancient Balinese cultural dance in Tourism advertisement aired over Discovery Channel.
    It was reported over Malay Mail that Indonesia Tourism Minister, Jero Wachik is taking Malaysia Authority to task over this ad.

    I believed Indonesia will again hit back at Malaysia over our Minangkabau design for our pavilion at World Expo as “cultural thief” ……This is going to be a sensational news..

    First Batik..then Pendet dance…and next Minangkabau roof..

    Malaysia truly Indonesia…

  20. Dr.Jacob Wacko George

    First and foremost , I am a regular contributor to Malaysiakini.

    Lately I have been whacking OTK over the CSL issue.

    I also have a fictitious Datoship that I use sometimes to go on Bernama TV. I am also a defacto Michael Chong and sometimes I raise matters on consumer related matters on redress and advocacy.In any case, I would like to bring to your kind attention the aspersions thrown on Tourism matters.

    Whats happening to the investigatiuon concerning the fiaisco with Grace and Ng Yen Yen…please follow through

  21. Chin

    Mr.Wee. I am writing this to you that I appreciatte your concerns over the rational behind the award of the contract to Venturapharm.

    I am teribbly dissapointed that the Goverment has commenced the project despite all the investigation from MACC.

    Check out the link below:

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