CONGRATULATIONS to Yg Bhg Datuk Isham Ishak for his new appointment as the new KSU of Ministry of Tourism & Cultures (MOTAC). He was the KSU in the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI). He was also the CEO of the Small and Medium, Enterprise Corporation/SME. He has a chequered career in MITI where he started as the Assistant Director in 1994 in MITI. He had served as the Minister Counsellor (MITI) at the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington DC. His leadership in MITI had brought great improvement in the foreign direct investment (FDI). For more details of Yg Bhg Datuk Isham Ishak, please read HERE.
Yours truly believes that with Yg Bhg Datuk Isham Isham’s leadership, MOTAC and TM will no longer be ‘business as usual’. What a refreshing news for all those who wanted change in MOTAC and Tourism Malaysia (TM)!
Yours truly would like to wish Yg Bhg Datuk Isham Ishak all the best for his new undertakings.
Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah
Thanks God that at long last Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah (Rashidi) has officially retired as the KSU of MOTAC on 15 January 2019.
Rashidi’s retirement does not in anyway absolve him from the scandals in MOTAC and TM. He must be held accountable for facilitating the dubious ‘Speedy Gonzales’ Geeko deal costing the rakyat RM99.693 million and MOTAC/TM endorsement of MyBeauty which was led by Oriental Mace Group Berhad, HERE & HERE.
Under the ‘Surat Pekeliling’, civil servants are prohibited to hold post in non government organisation.
The Dubious ‘Speedy Gonzales’ Geeko Started With Datuk Musa Yusof
It all started on 19 January 2018 when Datuk Musa Yusof (the new DG of TM), who was the then Director of International Promotion (Africa/China), devised the “Promosi Bersama Tourism Malaysia Dan Tencent/Geekol Tech Bagi Pemasaran Digital (Smart Tourism)” (‘Joint Promotion’).
This so-called ‘Joint Promotion’ was not a joint promotion. It was a scheme to appoint Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (Geeko) to to prepare a report which report cost TM RM1,167,900.00. Datuk Musa Yusuf’s so-called ‘Joint Promotion’ was, of course, approved by the then DG of TM, Datuk Seri Mirza bin Mohamed Taiyab. TM paid Geeko RM1,167,900.00 for the preparation of the report!
Then Geeko prepared this so-called report to thereafter appoint Geeko for the dubious ‘Speedy Gonzales’ deal worth RM99.693 million. As a result of this so-called report, TM valued, negotiated and signed the dubious ‘Speedy Gonzales’ in one day on 4 April 2018. On 4 April 2018 Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd was not even registered with Minister of Finance. For the the so-called ‘Joint Promotion’ by Datuk Musa Yusof please read HERE & HERE.
On 9 January 2019 the former Chairman of TM, Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei and Ms Elizabeth Ken were arrested and detained for the next four days by MACC to help in the investigations into the dubious ‘Speedy Gonzales’ deal. Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei is the current executive chairman of Ancom Bhd and CEO of Nylex Bhd.