Updates on 3-7-2018 at 4 pm: Yg Bhg Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, a former Minister, has called for the dismantling of the companies involving in the visa “processing fees”. They are Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd ( Wan Quoris Shah and Harry Lee Vui Khiun) and S5 Systems Sdn bhd (Tan Sri DR Al-Amin, the business partner of Dato’ DR Siew Ka Wei), HERE. Both Tan Sri DR Al Amin and Dato’ DR Siew Ka Wei are also connected to Ancom Bhd and Redberry Media Group.
Beside Tuan Wan Quoris Shah bin Wan Abdul Ghani, the other prominent player for the visa “processing fees” business is none other than the famous and powerful Tan Sri DR Mohamed Al Amin Abdul Majid (“Tan Sri Al Amin”). He is the business partner of Dato’ DR Siew Ka Wei (“Dato’ DR Siew”). Tan Sri Al Amin appears prominently behind the company S5 Systems Sdn Bhd (“S5 Systems”) and NSA Technology Sdn Bhd (“NSA Technology”). The relationship between S5 Systems, NSA Technology and Tan Sri AL Amin will be discussed in greater details below.
For the background of the “Visa Processing” business, please read Part 1, HERE.
To digress a little. Tan Sri Al Amin’s business partner, Dato’ DR Siew is the Chairman of Tourism Malaysia (“TM”), Executive Chairman of Ancom Bhd and MD of Redberry Media Group.
Recently TM was embroiled in the scandalous “Speedy Gonzales” RM99.693 million Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (“Geeko”). Geeko is a “special purpose vehicle” for … . The “Speedy Gonzales” deal was evaluated, negotiated and sealed within one day (4 April 2018). At the material time Geeko was not registered with Ministry of Finance.
Ms Elizabeth Ken is the CEO of Geeko. Ms Elizabeth Ken is also the Media Specialist of Redberry Media Group, which is connected to Dato’ DR Siew.
Dato’ DR Siew and his business partner, Tan Sri Al Amin, were extremely capable, powerful corporate men up to May 9 (14th GE) and are still politically very well connected to BN. Both of them have interest in the biggest newspapers in Asia, Malay Mail. Malay Mail also has the best editor in Asia, he is none other than Datuk Wong Sai Wan, who is also a director of companies related to Dato’ Dr Siew.
Several companies connected to both of them have been awarded with exclusive advertising contracts in our airports and other public places. Can someone help with more information about these exclusive contracts?
Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd is one of the companies which was awarded with a 10 years exclusive contract for advertising in trains and MRT stations for the Kajang Line. Please read HERE.
The “Visa Prolcessing” One Stop Center (“OSC”)
In August 2012, the then Director-General of Immigration Department, Yg Bhg Datuk Alias Ahmad was already promoting the “special services” provided by Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (“Ultra Kirana”). During this time, he went to Beijing “One Stop Center” (“OSC”) of Ultra Kirana to officiate or endorse it.
In 2011 Ultra Kirana and its Chinese began to offer the visa processing services in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming and Hong Kong. Ultra Kirana or OSC only task was to key in the data and scan the passport of the applicants. This process took about 10 seconds to do. In 2011 Beijing “OSC” processed an average of 1,000 applicants while in Guangzhou 3,000 daily. It was charging 150 Yuan (S$30) about RM100 each.
For full report of what Datuk Alias Ahmad had said, please read HERE.
From Datuk Alias Ahmad’s statement, the Beijing and Guangzhou OSCs alone the daily collections in 2011 was RM400,000.00 (4,000 X RM100). How about the collections from the OSCs in Kunming, Shanghai, Dubai, Nepal, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippine, Abu Dhabi, Pakistan, USA, Cambodia and many more countries?
On 5 March 2018, the then Deputy PM and Minister of Home Affairs, YB Dato YB Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had told Parliament that “more than 700,000 visas have been issued to visitors from 10 countries entering Malaysia, HERE. Surely as the Minister of Home Affairs he had the total numbers but he chose to hide it for fear of Malaysians will know the truth how much Ultra Kirana ands S5 Systems were profiting yearly.
If we assumed the 700,000 eVISA was the correct figure, the collection of processing fees was RM70 million (700,000 X RM100). Yours truly believe the total numbers was much higher than the 700,000 given. If we were to take the figure from only the total number of Chinese tourists travelling to Malaysia, they were easily more than a million a year! Therefore, the total sum collected in eVisa “Processing Fees” yearly should be easily more than RM100 million yearly! It is a big business syndicate.
The “visa processing” is the most lucrative business in the world where the time taken and cost are very minimal but the profit is colossal! Why should this so-called “Visa Processing Service”, which will take no more than 10 seconds for each applicant, be awarded to private companies, which are politically connected?
If the Government feels that this “visa processing” is necessary it could be done by the Immigration Department and the fees charged will go to the government. Ultimately the rakyat will get the benefits. Now the Government gets nothing.
How are Ultra Kirana, Tan Sri Al Amin’s S5 Systems & NSA Technology Connected To The Collection of “Visa Processing Fees”?
Of course, this matter is not as simple as what we think. The collection of Visa “processing fees” has been backed by certain big boys in Ministry of Home Affairs, when it was under BN. Yours truly believes that these activities have been going on well before 2012.
The visa “processing fees” project is not in the best interest of Malaysia but the companies like Ultra Kirana, S5 Systems and NSA Technology. The Chinese tourists have not increased drastically as promised but moving downwards. Hence, the then PM Datuk Najib had to announce in his Budget 2016 the implementation of “Visa Free” Programe to attract more Chinese tourists. But the Visa Free program did not help Malaysia much because of the charging of the visa processing fees, which is sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs, came in different form.
Malaysia has been facing a stiff competition with our neighbouring countries like Thailand and Indonesia to attract Chinese visitors. Indonesia has a visa free programme and the Chinese tourists have increased by many folds. Thailand has a Visa On Arrival Programe and the Chinese tourists have also increased too. Tourists need not pay such “Visa Processing Fees” like they have to if they travel to Malaysia.
Prior to the implementation of the Visa Free Programe for Chinese tourists, they will have to apply for Visa and paid a processing to the OSC operates by Ultra Kirana. When the Visa Free Programe was implemented , the Immigration Department was in great pain in devising a scheme to make kit difficult for Choinese tourist to enjoy the Visa Free Programe by imposing condition for eligibility like they must travel in a group of 20. When here were protest about the condition, it was reduced to a group of 5 and have to go appointed travel agents to be eligible for the Visa Free Programe. There were protests from the travel industries in China and Malaysia.
Certain high ranking officer in the Immigration Department were creative and they came out with the programe known as “System of Electronic Visa” (“eVisa”).
The then Minister of Home Affairs, YB Dr Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is a very conscientious minister indeed. When the Visa Free programe was announced during the said Budget 2016, he went into overdrive to promote the eVisa programe instead of the Visa Free Programe for Chinese tourists. Of course, under eVisa Programe processing fees have to be paid to Ultra Kirana, S5 Systems who collaborate with other companies in overseas to run the OSCs.
In May 2018 SSM Report, Tuan Wan Quoris Shah Bin Abdul Ghani has increased his personal shareholding in Ultra Kirana to 200,000 shares. He became the single biggest shareholder in Ultra Kirana. Rumour has it that he is a “self made” millionaire with a fleet of sport cars and etc and many of his friends looked upon him as an icon!
The other indirect shareholder of Ultra Kirana through HRL Capital Sdn Bhd is MR HARRY LEE VUI KHIUN. Rumour has it that he is quite an operator in the stock market.
Directives From Ministry of Home Affairs In November 2014
On 6 November 2014, the Secretary General of Ministry of Home Affairs issued a directive with regards to the said eVisa system. A few companies have been appointed. They are Ultra Kinrana, S5 Systems, Profound Radiance Sdn Bhd.
Please see page 2 of the letter from KSU Ministry of Home Affairs where it states:
“Pemeriksaan tapisan ISC boleh dibuat di pusat-pusat fasiliti ISC di lokasi-lokasi strategik yang disediakan oleh pengadali ISC iaitu Syarikat S5 Systems Sdn Bhd (S5 Systems). …”
“ISC” is Immigration Security Clearance.
A private company has a special function to perform “Immigration Security Clearance”? Does it mean that S5 Systems has access to the data bank in Bukit Aman? Yours truly does not believe that Bukit Aman allow a private company to have access to its data bank to carry out the task of “Immigration Security Clearance”.
S5 Systems Sdn Bhd (S5 Systems)
S5 Systems is an outfit control by Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei’s business partner, Tan Sri (Dr) Mohamed Al Amin Abdul Majid.
SSM Report On S5 Systems Sdn Bhd
SSM Report S5 Systems’ List Of Diretors
SSM Report On S5 Systems’ List of Shareholders
SSM Report of The Annual Account for S5 Systems for 2016
S5 Systems has a cash paid up capital of 102,000 of RM1.00 each and RM18.270 million non-cash. According to the Annual Account of S5 Systems, its revenue for 2016 was RM54.092 million. This company is in the very able hands of Tan Sri Al Amin up to May 9, 2018!
NSA Technology Sdn Bhd (“NSA Technology”) is the sole shareholder of S5 Systems. Lets examine NSA Technology.
SSM Report Of NSA Technology Sdn Bhd (“NSA Technology”) – The Sole Shareholder of S5 Systems.
PH Government will have to investigate who are the actual shareholders in the off-shore company, NSA Technology (L) INC.
NSA Technology Sdn Bhd’s 2016 Annual Accounts
NSA Technology is the sole shareholder of S5 System Sdn Bhd. NSA Tenology (L) Inc may be an off-shore company. NSA Technology has a paid up capital of RM800,000.00.
NSA Technology’s nature of business is: Retailing of fashionable apparels and accessories and investment holding.
A company dealing in fashionable apparels and accessories has special interests in providing Visa “Processing Services”.
If you are to look at its Annual Accounts for 2017, its “Retained Earning” was RM84,097,968.00, “Revenue” RM87, 521, 590.00. A copy with a paid up capital of only RM800,000.00 was doling so well. It must be doing well in the Visa Processing Service through S5 System or in its fashionable apparels and accessories business. One wonders?
The other company involved int he visa processing business is Profound Radiance Sdn Bhd. Please see the Lapiran “A” of the above letter dated 6 November 2014 from Ministry of Home Affairs.
Yours truly is not familiar with the directors and shareholders of Profound Radiance Sdn Bhd. Perhaps some of the readers of this blog may be able to help.
The Council of Eminent Persons Is Investigating the “Visa Processing” Companies
Yours truly is pleased to learn that The Council Of Eminent Persons (“CEP”) has taken the initiative to investigate into this so-called “Visa Processing” business.
The CEP should investigate how the companies like Ultra Kirana and S5 System (the keys players behind these two companies Tuan Quoris Shah, Mr Harry Lee Vui Khiun and Tan Sri Al-Amin) were the preferred companies for carrying out this so-called “visa processing” business. The CEP should also investigate the other shareholder in Ultra Kirana, that is HRL Capital Sdn Bhd which holding 150,000 shares. HRL Capital Sdn Bhd has two shareholders, the two brothers from Sabah namely Mr Paul Lee Vui Yung and Mr Harry Lee Vui Khiun. Rumour has it that Mr Harry Lee Vui Khiun is politically well connected to BN.
It is not inner nation best interest to allow the collection of visa processing fees to continue. The PH Government should immediately suspend the collections of the visa “processing fees” pending the probe by CEP. Once it is suspended, yours truly believes Malaysia will see the tourists coming to Malaysia will increase by hundred of thousands if not million without having to spend much on advertising.