Now Everyone Can Bribe Directors of AirAsia & AirAsia X!

On 31 January 2020 the Learned UK Crown Court Judge, Dame Victoria Sharp P, delivered a damning Judgement / Verdict in a case between the Director of Serious Fraud Office of UK and Airbus SE for giving bribes to directors and employees of AirAsia and AirAsia X of Malaysia and others.

In her judgment, Dame Victoria Sharp said: The seriousness of the criminality in this case hardly needs to be spelled out. As is acknowledged on all sides, it was grave.”  “The number of countries subject to intense criminal investigation by the various agencies, and the scale and scope of the wrongdoing disclosed in the Statement of Facts demonstrate that bribery was to the extent indicated, endemic in two core business areas within Airbus,” she added

The said judgment arose from an application asking the UK Crown Court for approval to defer prosecution agreement reached between the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Airbus SE. In the said Judgement Airbus has to pay Euro 990,963,713 into the Consolidated Fund through SFO.  Yours truly has incorporated below the full writtenJudgment for those who would want to read it.

Backgrounds – AirAsia / Tony Fernandes Was On Shopping Spree

Captain Loke, our shameless Malaysia Minister of Transport, was seen in public together with his buddy Tan Sri Tony Ferndandes recently. They must be discussing about how the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus in Wuhan!

On 23 June 2011 the buddy of our Minister of Transport, Anthony Loke aka “Captain Anthony Loke”, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes of AirAsia proudly announced AirAsia purchased 200 A320 neo aircraft from Airbus, this was a record deal in history, HERE.  Of course,  AirAsia had been deferring deliveries of some of the ordered aircrafts.

On 19 July 2018 Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, the CEO of AirAsia Group, had again announced that AirAsia had purchased another 100 aircraft from Airbus so that AirAsia X could fly out from Malaysia to London and other European cities like Vienna and Prague, HERE.  In 2020 we are still waiting for AirAsia X to fly to London, Vienna and Prague but no sign at all.

According to the above press reports, within 3 years AirAsia had bought a total 300 aircraft from Airbus.  According to the said Grounds of Judgment AirAsia had bought 406 aircraft!

No other airlines in the world could match AirAsia when purchasing aircraft is concerned.  AirAsia X has been making losses and yet it was able to buy new aircraft. Malaysia boleh!

Count No: 1 of The Charges Against Airbus & Connected To Directors/Staffs of AirAsia & AirAsia X

Airbus had admitted to many counts of payments of bribe to directors of companies and government official. Each of the counts on the Indictment concerns similar conduct, the detail of which can be found in the Statement of Facts.  In brief, persons associated with Airbus, not exclusively its employees, offered very substantial sums of money by way of bribes to third parties in order to secure the purchase of aircraft, by civil airline companies, in counts 1 to 4; and by the Government of Ghana, in count 5.

Malaysia is of course top of the list of charges. The two directors and staffs of AirAsia and AirAsia X have made us famous overnight!  We should be proud of the said two directors AirAsia and AirAsia X, who have been identified as AirAsia executives 1 and 2!

In Paragraphs 39 and 40 of the said Judgement, the Learned Judge had stated the following:

Count 1:     Malaysia

Paragraph 39 of the Grounds of Judgment

The first count alleges that contrary to section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010, between 1 July 2011 and 1 June 2015, Airbus SE failed to prevent persons associated with Airbus SE from bribing others concerned with the purchase of aircraft by AirAsia and AirAsia X airlines from Airbus, namely directors and/or employees of AirAsia airlines where the said bribery was intended to obtain or retain business or advantage in the conduct of business for Airbus SE.

Para 40

Para 40 AirAsia and AirAsia X are two major airlines in Southeast Asia, headquartered in Malaysia and were significant customers of Airbus at the time of the offences. Between October 2005 and November 2014, AirAsia and AirAsia X ordered 406 aircraft from Airbus, including 180 aircraft secured during the indictment period by way of improper payment (made by EADS France SAS, later Airbus Group SAS), and the offer of a further improper payment. The improper payment consisted of $50 million (and Airbus employees also offered but did not pay an additional $55 Million) paid to directors and/or employees of AirAsia and AirAsia X airlines as sponsorship for a sports team. The sports team was jointly owned by AirAsia Executive 1 and AirAsia Executive 2 but was legally unrelated to AirAsia and AirAsia X. The additional improper payment was prevented by the October 2014 freeze on payments to BPs described at para 29 above.”

The Directors Of AirAsia and AirAsia X

Director of AirAsia: 3rd from left: Datuk Kamarudin Meranun 5th from left: Datuk Abdul Aziz bin Abu Bakar & 6th from left:Tan Sri Tony Fernandes

AirAsia X – Board of Directors

1.  Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (senior Independent Non-Executive Chairman

2.  Datuk Kamarudin Mernanun (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

3.  Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (Non Independent Non-Executive Director)

4.   Dato’ Yusri Mohamed Yused Yusof (Independent Non-Executive Dirtector)

5.   Lim Kian Onn (Non-Independent Non-executive Director)

6.   Tan Sri Asmat Kamarudin (Independent Non-Executive Director

7.   Dato’ Fam Lee Ee (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director) (MCA Youth)

AirAsia Bhd – Board of Directors 

1.  Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (Non-Independent Non-Independent  Executive Chairman)

2.  Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (Non Independent Executive Director & Group CEO)

3. Dato’ Abdel Aziz @ Abdul Aziz bin Abu Bakar (Non-Independent Non-Executive Director)

4.  Dato’ Mohded Khadar (independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Audit Committee

5.  Dato’ Fam Lee Ee (Independent Non-Executive Director) (MCA Youth)

6.  Mr Stuart L Dean (Independent Non-Executive Director).

7.  Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Historical Facts On The Two Top Brass of AirAsia:  Tony Fernandes & Kamarudin Meranun

1.   Tony Fernandes Was Probed By Indian Authorities On Allegations of Bribery To Obtain Flying Licence
Left to Right:  Datuk Kamruddin Meranun, Captain Loke the Minister of Transport and good buddy of Tony Fernandes and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes

On 29 May 2018 it has been reported by Reuters that Indian police said they have filed a case against AirAsia group Bhd, the airlines C EO Tony Fernandes  and its domestic entity ion India over allegations of corruption and breaking rules in obtaining a flying licence. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) accused the airline, some of its employees and third parties of violating India’s foreign direct investment rules while obtaining the license, and of bribing government officials in an attempt to get regulations relaxed to allow AirAsia India to fly international routes.

In its complaint, the CBI said the airline, Tony Fernandes and others “chose to beat the legal frameworks and policies of the aviation sector of India” and lobbied government officials “to secure mandatory approvals, some of them through non-transparent means”.  Please read HERE.

On 16 January 2020. it has been reported in  Business Today of India that AirAsia Group Bhd’s Tony Fernandes has been summoned by Enforcement Directorate (ED) In India for questioning regarding irregularities of funds and even criminal misconduct by AirAsia when it was lobbying for its operational licences in India, HERE.

It is not known whether to date Tony Fernandes the Group CEO of AirAsia had submitted himself for the said investigation.

2.   Datuk Kamarudin Meranun Was Involved In Insider Trading  During MAS-AirAsia Share “SUAP”

Datuk Kamarudin Meranun proudly showing his  MAS credential during the infamous MAS-AirAsia shares “SUAP”.

In 2011 Datuk Kamarudin Meranun was believed to have made some huge trading profits out of the proposed “MAS-AirAsia share SUAP” deal between the substantial shareholders of then MAS and AirAsia Group Bhd. It was an insider trading, HERE.

As a result of the finding of the said insider trading by  the Security Commission, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, the Executive Chairman of AirAsia Group, had to enter into a settlement with the Security Commission and paid RM3.64 million for acquiring 5.66 million MAS shares between 1-5 August 2011, HERE.

The said share “SUAP” was engineered by the morons in Khazanah under the former MD of Khazanah, Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, and it was announced on  7 August 2011,HERE.

In September 2019, the morons in Khazanah were up to their old tricks this time it was trying to merge MAS with the ailing AirAsia X, which had been making huge losses for some years, HERE.

Recently we have also heard that the morons in Khazanah were trying to again “handover” MAS on a silver platter to AIrAsia. Thank God that there was immense public pressures against the said disposal and it has gone quiet at least for now.  Knowing the backgrounds of the said morons in Khazanah they will strike again. We must closely watch them.

Who Are the AirAsia Executives 1 & 2?

AirAsia changed the livery on its aircraft to BN’s GE 14th Campaign slogan, “Hebatkan Negaraku”. Left:  Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (in white shirt), (the non-independent Executive Chairman of AirAsia Group). Centre: Najib. Extreme right: Tony Fernandes (in black shirt)(the Group CEO of AirAsia).  Please guess who were the AirAsia Executives 1 or 2.

Who were the AirAsia Executive 1 and AirAsia Executive 2 ?  Yours truly believes that all of you know who they were!  It is an open secret. If by chance you do not know, please make a guess and you will no doubt hit the bull eye.

Over To Puan Latheefa Koya  / MACC / SPRM

The arrest and detention of Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei (Ancom Bhd executive chairman) and Elizabeth Ken, the CEO of Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd and media specialist of Redberry Media Group, which is another outfit of Siew ka Wei. Redberry is connected to Ancom Bhd.

MACC/SPRM should be interested to examine thoroughly the Grounds of Judgment and take the necessary actions. Thereafter, SPRM / MACC can always NFA (No further Action) it after a few months like what it had done on several high profile cases. Rumour has it that the scandalous ‘Speedy Gonzales” Geeko RM100 million deal involving Dato’ Siew Ka Wei, who is the executive chairman of Ancom Bhd, and Elizabeth Ken, the Redberry Media Specialist, had been classified as “NFA” (No Further Action). Please read HERE.

$50 million Paid To the Directors Of AirAsia As “sponsorship” Of the Sport Team, Which Was Jointly Owned By the Executive 1 & 2 But Legally Unrelated To AirAsia & AirAsia X!

Count No: 1 at para 40 of the Grounds of Judgment

… The improper payment consisted of $50 million (and Airbus employees also offered but did not pay an additional $55 Million) paid to directors and/or employees of AirAsia and AirAsia X airlines as sponsorship for a sports team. The sports team was jointly owned by AirAsia Executive 1 and AirAsia Executive 2 but was legally unrelated to AirAsia and AirAsia X. The additional improper payment was prevented by the October 2014 freeze on payments to BPs described at para 29 above.

Was the “Sport Team” referred to in part of Count 1 above  was the Caterham F1 Team?  If it is.  According to Wikipedia: The Caterham F1 was a Malaysian, later British owned Formula One team based in the UK. which raced under a Malaysian licence.  The Caterham brand competed in the Formula One World Championship in. 2012 – 2014, following the acquisition of British sport car manufacturer Caterham Cars by former owner and team principal  Tony Fernandes, forming the Caterham Group, HERE.

During the happy time in Caterham

(L to R): Riad Asmat (the son of Tan Sri Asmat – director of AA) of AirAsia (MAL) Caterham F1 Chief Executive Officer with Datuk Kamarudin Meranum of AirAsia (MAL) Caterham F1 Shareholder; Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Caterham Group Chief Technical Office; and Tony Fernandes of AirAsia  (MAL) Caterham Team Principal at a Caterham F1 Team Photograph.
25.03.2012. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang, Malaysia.

Tony Fernandes Sold Caterham To A Swiss Group

In October 2014 Tony Fernandes announced then the sale of Caterham. Please see the Guardian report entitled “F1 team Caterham threaten former owner Tony Fernandes with legal action“.  According to the UK Guardian Newspapers report, Tony Fernandes spent £250 million on the organisation and then sold it. Please also read Paul Tan’s posting, HERE.

Lets wait for the Airbus scandal to unfold a little bit more then we will get a clearer picture on the scandal.  For now we hope that the AirAsia Executive 1 or 2 will come out to clarify what had been stated in the said Grounds of Judgment.

Over to Security Commission & Bursas KL (KLSE)

The $50 million (equivalent RM204 million) bribe paid by Airbus to the AirAsia Executives 1 and 2 should be treated as income for airAsia and AirAsia X.  However, according to paragraph  39 of the said Grounds of Judgment the RM205 million was paid under the scheme of “sponsorship” to  a sport team which was unrelated to AirAsia or AirAsia X. In short the RM205 million was paid to the personal company of AirAsia executives 1 and 2.

No doubt this RM204 million that was received from Airbus was not reported in the respective Annual Accounts of AirAsia Bhd and AirAsia X Bhd. If the RM204 million was reported it would have changed the respective Annual Accounts of AirAsia X drastically.

In the best interest of the investing public, the Security Commission (Suruhanjaya Sekuriti) and Bursa KL are duty bound to launch an immediate investigation into the receipt of the said bribe of RM204 million by AirAsia executives 1 and 2.

The Full Grounds of Judgment / Verdict Of UK Crown Court 

If you don’t want to read the whole judgment, please proceed to paragraphs 39 – 40 at page 10 – 11 for the payments made to the directors and employees of AirAsia and AirAsia X.

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Md Nor: Are you condoning Rashdan’s abused of powers?

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Updates @ 11:00 am on 3-4-2012: AJ has just sent out another new organization chart for MAS effective today.   AJ said in the e-mail that the new management chart “will continue to strengthen his foundation to successfully implement the Recovery plans and the Game Changers as contained in the Business Plan”. This is the third management chart for AJ ever since he was appointed MAS Group CEO!  Just wondering, how many more of such chart to come?

Under this new structure,  Amok’s crony Rashdan is still the Deputy Group CEO in charge of  “Group Finance together with Aircraft Finance & Management and also to assist AJ with overseeing all the divisions and subsidiaries”.

AJ & Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof: What about the scandals regarding the upgrading of Rashdan’s maid to First Class that has been highlighted in this blog and in Parliament. Are you going to take actions against the abused of power by Amok’s crony?

By the way AJ, have you read about the scandals involving Caterham where a member of MAS Board of Director was involved in, in HERE.

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Today (2-4-2012) MESA Union of MAS has sent an e-mail to Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof (Md Nor), MAS  Chairman and also one of  the brains behind the project known as “Widespread Assets un-Bundling” ( WAU) in 2002 / 2003 when he was the MD of MAS. Continue reading “Md Nor: Are you condoning Rashdan’s abused of powers?”