Dato Dr Ammar G Ghapar (Dato Ammar), Senior Director of Domestic & Events of Tourism Malaysia (TM). In 2016 he was then the powerful Senior Director of Administration, which comprised of Human Resources and Finance.
Dato Ammar has a very close family friend by the name of YM Dato Sri Raja Mohd Firdaus Raja Zainal (Raja Firdaus), HERE.
Raja Firdaus was an ex-employee and a member of the top management of TM. He is an extremely talented businessman. It was an open secret that he had gone on family holiday with his close friend, Dato Dr Ammar G Gapar.
Raja Firdaus was an ex-employee and members of the top management. of TM. He was an extremely talented businessman. He had been seen in photographs on family holiday with Dato Ammar.
Raja Firdaus is also closed with the other little napoleons that matter in TM.
RAJA FIRDAUS’ CONNECTION – KRAKEN INTERACTIVE SDN BHD
Raja Firdaus is the Executive Director of Kraken Interactive Sdn Bhd(Kraken). He was the executive director with no shareholding. His director fees in Kraken must be big enough to make his appointment worthwhile! In 2016 Kraken was awarded a contract to provide the digital marketing platform for TM and it was a 100% non-Bumi company. By right, such an appointment was against the government policy.
The Kraken contract had expired in December 2017. Having been paid the RM40 million, by now TM should have a working digital marketing platform. One can go to the TM’s website, there is no resemblance of a digital marketing platform, HERE.
At the material time several of Raja Firdaus’ outfits have been awarded with many direct nego contracts to do billboard and other advertising for TM.
It was due to the non-performance of Kraken that TM awarded the so-called digital marketing contract on VERY fast track to Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd, which was just a 5 month old company with no digital marketing experience at all!
GEEKO TECH SDN BHD
Hence, prior to GE 14 TM under the chairmanship of Dato’ Seri Siew Ka Wei, TM rushed into a direct nego contract with Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (Geeko) worth RM99.693 millions. It was popularly known as the “Speedy Gonzales Contract” whereby the said contract was evaluated, negotiated and sealed in one day, on 4-4-2018. On 4-4-2018 Geeko was not registered with the Ministry of Finance (MOF). The registration with MOF is a pre-condition for any company who want to do business with the government or its agencies.
The brief background of Geeko. The CEO of Geeko is Ms Elizabeth Ken, who is the Media Specialist of Redberry Media Group (Redberry). Redberry is part of Ancom Bhd group of companies. By coincidence Dato’ Seri Siew Ka Wei is the Executive Chairman of Ancom Bhd and MD of Redberry! The business address of Geeko is a terrace house in SS2, Petaling Jaya.
The summary of the scandalous RM99.693 millions Speedy Gonzales Geeko contract, HERE.
DATUK MUSA YUSOF and KOPEMA
Geeko was incorporated in November 2017 and one of its shareholders is KOPEMA, whose chairman is Datuk Musa Yusof, Senior Director International Promotion Division (Asia/Africa) in TM and Dato Ammar is the Deputy Chairman, HERE.
KOPEMA is a Koperasi in the Ministry of Tourism & Cultures (MOTAC). At the material time, it owed MOTAC a huge sum of rental for the canteen. But it has fund to pay for the 15,000 shares in Geeko! Did KOPEMA pay for the 15,000 shares?
It would be hard to believe that at the material time when Geeko Tech was incorporated, both Datuk Musa Yusof and Datuk Ammar (being the high ranking officers of KOPEMA) or in the early part of 2018 were not aware at all about the Speedy Gozales RM99.693 millions deal?
Until this day, there was no announcement that this scandalous Speedy Gonzales Geeko contract has been terminated by TM. In June, a report had been lodged with MACC in connection with this scandalous deal.
MACC should investigate into the contract with Kraken and all other direct nego contracts with the advertising companies that were connected with Raja Firdaus.
Please stay tuned.