Datuk Musa bin Yusof (Datuk Musa) was the Director of International Promotion Division (Asia/Africa) in Tourism Malaysia (TM). On 3-11-2018 Datuk Musa has been promoted as the new Director General (DG) of TM for 2 years with effect from 2-11-2018 to 1-12-2020 by YB Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi, the Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Cultures (MOTAC). Datuk Musa is the youngest in the management team of TM. He must have very ‘special’ capabilities that the others do not have. No wonder he is the president of KOPEMA.
Datuk Mirza, who was appointed as DG from within TM and just retired as DG on 2-12-2018, after 14 years.
The lighting speed or ‘Speedy Gonzales’ promotion of Datuk Musa is unprecedented in the history of TM.
Why was this ‘Speedy Gonzales’ promotion unprecedented?
Firstly, Datuk Musa was promoted not from the rank of Deputy DG, Datuk Razip Hassan and by En Zulkifly Said, who was recently promoted. Therefore, Datuk Musa had by-passed these two high ranking officers. Secondly, Datuk Musa’s promotion as the DG is for a period of two years only.
TM is a “closed service” agency which means that the members of staff in TM cannot be transferred out to other government department. However, the post of Director General of TM is an “open post”, which means that other PTD officer or any person from the private sector could be appointed as DG of TM for a specific period.
Datuk Musa’s Position After The Expiry Of 2 years?
After the two years period, what will be the position of Datuk Musa in TM? Will Datuk Musa be absorbed back into TM as Deputy DG or any other post or he will be retired from TM thereon? This will be a predicament for Datuk Musa, the Minister of MOTAC and/or TM.
Let’s hope that the said letter of appointment above was not designed by the little napoleon or ‘Black Sheep’ within MOTAC and/or TM as part of a scheme to sabotage.
Is Datuk Musa the fit and proper person to be promoted as the DG of TM?
Let us examine the ‘Speedy Gonzales’ direct nego contract worth RM99.693 million between Geecko Tech Sdn Bhd (Geeko) and TM. Please look at a few of the glaring events below:
6-11-2017 Geeko was incorporated.
Three of the seven Geeko shareholders are:
Ms Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying 1 share
En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd 14,999 shares
Koperasi Kakitatangan Kementerian Pelancongan
dan Kebudayaan Malaysia (KOPEMA) 10,000 shares
The two shareholders in En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd are Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying (Elizabeth Ken) and her sister, Jessie Ken Tzu Hsein. For more details, please read HERE.
The President of KOPEMA is Datuk Musa Bin Yusuf, the newly appointed DG of TM.
Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying, CEO of Geeko & Media Specialist Of Redberry Media Group, an outfit of Siew Ka Wei
Siew Ka Wei, The Then Chairman of Tourism Malaysia
Elizabeth Ken is the CEO of Geeko. At the material time Elizabeth Ken was the media specialist of Redberry Media Group (Redberry). Redberry is part of Ancom Bhd (Ancom). By coincidence, Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei is the executive chairman of Ancom and at the material time he was also the chairman of Tourism Malaysia.
Sometime in March 2018, TM appointed Geeko to do a ‘Kajian’ and thereafter TM appointed Geeko to set up its digital marketing platform. By the way, in 2016 TM had already appointed Kraken Interactive Sdn Bhd (Kraken), a computer programming company to set up its digital marketing platform! Of course, the famous Raja Firdaus was the executive director of Kraken and he is a close family friend of Datuk Ammar Ghapar one of the directors in TM. For more details, please read HERE.
Kraken had been paid a handsome sum by TM for setting up the so-called ‘digital marketing platform’ and yet TM in a year later had to by direct nego contract appoint Geeko, which was a 5 months old company, for RM99.693 million to again set up the ‘digital marketing platform’!
On 4-4-2018 the scandalous ‘Speedy Gonzales’ Geeko RM99.693 million deal was evaluated, negotiated, agreement prepared and executed in ONE day! Yours truly is sure that it is a big surprise to everyone that the government agency has became so extremely efficient. Geeko was only registered with the Ministry of Finance on 6-4-2018, 2 days after signing the said contract. Please read HERE.
TM was so efficient that there was no proper or usual exit clause in the ‘Speedy Gonzales’ contract.
At The Material Time, Was Datuk Musa aware of the “Speedy Gonzales’ Deal?
Was this not a case of conflict of interest?
Yours truly would like to believe that Datuk Musa as the president of KOPEMA, which is one of the shareholders of Geeko, and as a Director of International Promotion Division (Asia/Africa) was totally unaware of this ‘Speedy Gonzales’ Geeko deal worth RM99.693 million.
At all material time, Datuk Musa was part of the management team of TM and President of KOPEMA, which is a shareholder of Geeko. Geeko entered into the ‘Speedy Gonzales” deal of RM99.693 million. Was this not a clear case of conflict of interests?
If at all material time Datuk Musa was fully aware of this ‘Speedy Gonzales’ Geeko deal, did he declare his interest as the president of KOPEMA to TM’s top management?
Just Before 14th GE, TM Paid Geeko RM13,263,160.00
On 27-4-2018, in the midst of 14th GE campaign, Datuk Khani Daud, the then Deputy DG, approved the first payment of RM11,963,160.00 to be paid to Geeko.
Within about a week or a few days before the 14th General Elections on 9-5-2019, TM paid Geeko more than RM13,263,160.00 (RM11,963,160.00 + RM1,300,000.00 [study done by Geeko to appoint Geeko]). By TM standard, this could also be called the ‘Speedy Gonzales’ payment!
As president of KOPEMA, Datuk Musa must come clean to account to the public to state how much KOPEMA had actually received from the said sum of RM13,263,160.00 from Geeko.
Minister of MOTAC To Explain The Double Payments of RM5 million
TM entered into a joint promotion contract with Ethihad Airway UAE for RM5 million. TM was so efficient that it rushed into making double payment of RM5 million to Ethihad Airway America and another RM5 million to Ethihad Airway UAE! It seemed that the TM officer concerned could not read and understand the agreement or differentiate which party TM was contractually bound to pay. This is typical of the officer in the management team of TM. What a sad case!
Yours truly calls upon the Minister of MOTAC to explain to the rakyat:
Why was there a need to do this joint promotion with Ethihad Airway when MAS, our national airline, was ignored to the extent that it has no representative on the Board of TM? (TM also spent a lot of time having joint promotion with Singapore Airline but with no payment. In this case TM paid RM5 million twice. Very strange!)
Why TM was in such rush to pay the RM5 million twice?
Was in a case of someone and their cronies have a stake in this matter?
What is the status of the double payments of RM5 million ?
What action had been taken for the gross negligent act of the officer concerned? Whether the officer responsible for the gross negligent act, which may cause TM to lose RM5 million, will be surcharged for the losses if any under the General Order?
Status of The Report To MACC
A report on the Speedy Gonzales RM99.693 million Geeko deal had been lodged with MACC. We hope that MACC will expedite its investigations into this scandal and take the appropriate actions against the culprits.
Please stay tuned!