MCMC Looted, Shady ‘Speedy Gonzales’ Deal Resurfaces – Part 1

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has been rocked with allegations of millions of ringgit being spirited from the “cash cow” but the outcome of the probes has not been made public.

The investigations by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) into RM25 million missing from FINAS began more than a year ago.

Now, another case similar to the dubious “Speedy Gonzales-Geeko” deal has surfaced.

2nd left: Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei & 4th left: Elizabeth Ken

The “Speedy Gonzales-Geeko” case (worth RM99.693 million) with Tourism Malaysia (TM) saw the MACC arrest and detention of Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei (Siew) and Ms Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying (Elizabeth Ken) in early January 2019.

Siew was the former chairman of TM. He is also the current executive chairman of the public listed company called Ancom Bhd.  Ancom Bhd has many subsidiaries, one of which is Redberry Media Group (Redberry). The defunct Malay Mail is part of Redberry. Ms Elizabeth Ken is the media specialist of Redberry.  Datuk Wong Sai Wan (Wong) is the Editor-in-Chief of Malay Mail. Wong is also a director in several of Siew’s outfits.

Details of the latest scandal will be soon exposed in Part II of this MCMC saga.

Let’s recap. More than a year has elapsed, there is no news of the outcome of the audit by the National Audit Department on the MCMC Fund and the USP Fund (Universal Service Provision Fund), which were set up under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act, 1988,

The balance of these two Funds as at 31 December 2016 were as follows:

MCMC Fund RM800 million; and

USP Fund RM8.5 billion.

 

The press statement dated 22-6-2018 of YB Gobind Singh Deo, the Minister of Communication and Multimedia

 

On 20 June 2018, YB Gobind Singh Deo had announced that both MCMC Fund and USP Fund will be audited by the National Audit Department, HERE.

On 3 July 2018, MACC confirmed it was probing into the embezzlement of RM25 million involving 1Malaysia Negaraku projects, which failed to be implemented.

A senior officer of the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) with a “Datuk” title is believed to be involved in the embezzlement, HERE.

It would appear that there was no outcome of this MACC probe.

Perhaps the newly-minted DG of MACC, Puan Latheefa Koya, should look into these matters and other scandals involving the MCMC Fund.

The RM25 million scandal was just the tip of the iceberg!

Prior to GE 14, the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia had encouraged or allowed the MCMC Fund to be abused to the maximum by a government agency with zero governance!

It must be noted that section 39 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act, 1988, provides that the MCMC Fund shall be expanded for the purposes of lawful expenditure incurred by MCMC like paying for the remuneration, allowances and expenses of of members of MCMC, procurement of good and services  by MCMC, purchasing or hiring equipment, machinery, acquiring of land and any asset, repayment of moneys borrowed under section 43 of the Act, granting loans to its employees and etc.

A big chunk of the MCMC Fund had been utilised for purposes that have not been stipulated under section 39 of the Act.

It must be noted that section 39 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act, 1988, provides that the MCMC Fund shall be expanded for the purposes of lawful expenditure incurred by MCMC like paying for the remuneration, allowances and expenses of of members of MCMC, procurement of good and services  by MCMC, purchasing or hiring equipment, machinery, acquiring of land and any asset, repayment of moneys borrowed under section 43 of the Act, granting loans to its employees and etc.

In the spirit of transparency and accountability, the National Audit Department and/or the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia to make public the findings of the audit of these two funds (MCMC Fund & USP Fund).

Stay Tuned For Part 2

Auditor-General: What about the RM130 million deficit in TM?

Pic of Dato’ Dr  Siew Ka Wei when he was released after 4 days remand by MACC. He was the chairman of TM when the shady Speedy Gonzales RM 99.693 million Geeko deal was struck. He is the current chairman of Ancom Bhd and managing director of Nylex Bhd. He is also the CEO of Redberry Media Group which is the owner of the defunct Malay Mail.

Updates at 6:30 21-01-2019:  Tomorrow and Wednesday MOTAC and TM are having a “Workshop On The Directions of Tourism & Cultures” in Dorset Hotel, Putrajaya. Is this another “Last Kopek” for Datuk Rashidi bin Hasbullah, KSU of MOTAC?  It seems that as his retirement day is approaching, he  is “working” extremely hard.  He is on the overdrive mode now. KSN should make him the role model for all civil servants.

Updates at 9:00 pm on 19-01-2019:  Today the Timbalan KSU (Pelacongan), Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid (a known crony of Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah), has returned to Kuala Lumpur from a special mission overseas trip to PR China.

Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah will be back tomorrow from his one week trip for a conference in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Perhaps this is his “Last Kopek” trip before his retirement in a few weeks time.  It is very normal for high ranking civil servants to take their garden leave before their retirement. But not for Datuk Rashidi. Rumour has it that he is an extremely “dedicated” man who will sacrifice his life for MOTAC and that he is prepared to slog his guts out for another six month without pay!  Yours truly would rather believe that as the head of MOTAC he has too many “unfinished businesses” to seal up before he bid farewell to MOTAC. What a conscientious civil servant!  KSN should make him a role model for all civil servants.  

Datuk Musa Bin Yusof, the newly appointed DG of TM cum powerful president of KOPEMA (the shareholder of Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd), is also attending the same conference as Datuk Rashidi in Halong Bay.

It is a good thing that both of them are away from MACC HQ for a week of peace and tranquillity in Vietnam.  Rumours has it that next week both of them will be extremely busy having many “minum teh tarik” sessions with MACC officers. Good luck to the “Awang & Adik Team” and the other little napoleons in TM.  

Please stay tuned.

Updates at 8:30 pm on 17-01-2019:  Yesterday Puan Zaleha Binti Asmahan, TM’s Director of Information Technology Unit, was called to MACC HQ for statement.

Officers from the Auditor-General are now carrying out a special audit in Tourism Malaysia. The Auditor General office should have carried out this special audit some two years ago then the shady Speedy Gonzales deal could have been avoided.  As the saying goes, it is better late than never.

TM has been an ATM machine for some of the little napoleons for years.  They don’t give a damn to the regulations and laws.  They have been operating TM under deficit of more than RM130 million for the past two years.

Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah (KSU MOTAC) & Datuk Mirza Mohamed Taiyabv (former DG of TM)

It seems that Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah is not bothered about the sorry state of TM. The then DG of TM, Datuk Seri Mirza Mohamed Taiyab, was running “amok” in TM. It was for this reason that on 4-4-2018 Datuk Rashidi chaired the special Lembaga Perolehan “A” (Lembaga) with the support of and suppression of the real status of TM by Datuk Seri Mirza Mohamed Taiyab.  It was the Lembaga that kickstart the shady RM99 mil Speedy Gonzales Geeko.

At that material time, TM was in no financial position to go into any contract with any parties involving RM99 million (the shady Speedy Gonzales deal).  As we already know that TM was operating under a deficit of more than RM130 million.  In fact the little napoleons in TM used the budgets for other approved activities to cover initial payments to Geeko. Just imagine these little napoleons were so bent to ensure the smooth passage of this shady deal at all costs. Both Datuk Rashidi and Datuk Seri Mirza are fully aware of the Procurement Regulations and Policy and yet they saw it fit to flagrantly breach the MOF procurement regulations and policies.

The Arrest & Remand Of Siew Ka Wei & Elizabeth Ken

Pic of Dato’ Siew Ka Wei, former TM chairman, and current chairman of Ancom Bhd & MD of Nylex Bhd and Ms Elizabeth Ken.

Both in orange “uniform”, Dato’ Siew Ka Wei, former TM chairman and current chairman of Ancom Bhd and MD of Nylex Bhd, and Ms Elizabeth Ken. They were arrested and remanded for four days by MACC to help with the investigation into the shady ‘Speedy Gonzales’ RM99 milion.

Elizabeth Ken (with face covered) has been running very high in Redberry as its ‘media specialist’. This was the picture of her when she was released. Why was she shy to show her beautiful face?  She was known to be a high flyer. She loves to be in the limelight!

It was due to this shady Speedy Gonzales deal, which was evaluated and sealed within one day, that the former chairman of TM, Dato’ Siew Ka Wei, who is also the chairman of Ancom Bhd and director of Nylex (M) Bhd, and MD of Redberry Media Group, was arrested and remanded for 4 days by MACC.  Ms Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying (Elizabeth Ken), a media specialist of Redberry, was also arrested and remanded together with Dato’ Siew Ka Wei. Please read HERE.

The Auditor-General Should Look Into The Following Deals

Shady “Speedy Gonzales” RM99.693 million

The background of the shady Speedy Gonzales deal are:

  • 6-11-2017 Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (Geeko) was incorporated.  Elizabeth Ken with one share, her company En vogue Sdn Bhd 14,999 share. KOPEMA (Koperasi Kakitangan MOTAC) 10,000 share. Datuk Musa Yusup, the newly appointed DG is the president of KOPEMA and Datuk Ammar A Gapar (one of the director in TM) is the deputy.
  • February/March 2018 TM’s committee rejected the shady “Speedy Gonzales” deal. It was later bulldozed through and Geeko was appointed to do a study of the “Speedy Gonzales” deal and Geeko recommended Geeko to be appointed to be the “Special Purpose Vehicle”.  For the so-called study Tm paid Geeko about RM1.3 million!
  • 4-4-2018 the shady Speedy Gonzales RM99.693 million was evaluated, negotiated and sealed. On this date Geeko was not even registered with ministry of Finance.
  • 24-4-2018 (20 days later) Geeko submitted a claim for RM11,693,160.00 to TM.
  • 27-4-2018 Datuk Seri Khani Daud, the then Deputy DG for Promotion, approved the claim with lighting speed.
  • Early May 2018 TM issued payment of RM11,693,160.00. TM being involved in hospitality business, as expected one of its top ranking officer was so kind as to collect the cheque on behalf of Geeko!

It was because of this shady deal that Siew Ka Wei and the Redberry’s media specialist and Geeko’s CEO, Elizabeth Ken, were arrested and remanded by MACC for four days.

Datuk Musa Bin Yusof

Datuk Musa Bin Yusof is the newly appointed DG of TM. At all material time when the shady was hatched, evaluated, negotiated and sealed, he was quite a powerful director of TM. He is the president of KOPEMA (Koperasi Kakitanggan MOTAC).  When Geeko was incorporated on 6 November 2011, KOPEMA is a shareholder of 10,000 shares.

Siew Ka Wei had said “Geeko was a “special purpose vehicle” for Tencent Holding.

It will not be wrong to assume that Datuk Musa was fully aware of the setting up of Geeko as a “Special Purpose Vehicle” for someone.  Siew Ka Wei said in a press statement on 1-6-2018 that Geeko was a “special purpose vehicle” for Tencent Holding, the giant tech company in Shenzen, China. However a week later Siew Ka Wei did an about turn to contradict his earlier statement. Yours truly is curious as to why was it so necessary for this corporate genius to directly contradict his earlier statement!  Please see below the extract of Siew Ka Wei’s press statement to contradict his earlier statement.

Star report of Dato’ DR Siew Siew Ka Wei, Chairman of Tourism Malaysia, press release dated 8-6-2018. The total about turn on his earlier statement that Tencent Holding chose Geeko Tech as its “Special Purpose vehicle”!

Lets see whether Datuk Musa dares to deny that he had knowledge from day one about the shady ‘Speedy Gonzales’ Geeko deal.  

Kraken Interactive Sdn Bhd (Kraken)

In 2016 Kraken was appointed by TM to provide a digital marketing platform. A digital marketing platform contract was signed for RM40 million!

Kraken was never a digital marketing provider. It was just a small time computer programing company. After the two year contract, Kraken only provide a few mobile apps and some advertising works. Auditor-General must thorough investigate into all the so-called works done by Kraken against the payments made too it.

The Famous Raja Mohd Firdaus Raja Zainal a.k.a. Raja Firdaus

Raja Firdaus Mohd Firdaus Raja Zainal‘s name card. (Executive Director).
Kraken’s List of Directors in the record of SSM.

Kraken is not a bumi company too.

List of shareholders of Kraken in the SSM report.

Raja Firdaus’ business card showing him as the Kraken’s executive director. In the SSM report he was not even a director of Kraken. He is a very close friend of Datuk Ammar A Gapar, a director of TM, and many other little napoleons in TM. He was seen to have accompanied the then Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and/or other high ranking officers of TM on overseas trips. He has class and only traveled in First Class or Business Class.

Raja Firdaus was and still is very influential in TM.  He was the personal assistant to Datuk Kadir Shaik Fadzil, when the later was the then Minister of MOTAC.  MACC should investigate how many direct nego contracts were awarded to companies directly or indirectly connected to Raja Firdaus.

Datuk Tam Yun Tong, one of the  champions for direct nego contract

Datuk Tam Yun Tong (Datuk Tam) is another big player in direct nego contracts for taxi wrapping in Japan and bill board advertising in Japan, Korea and China. He is another powerful figure in the advertising department in TM. When the current Minister of MOTAC visited Japan a month or so ago, the Minister had to pay homage to Datuk Tam.  Just imagine how powerful is Datuk Tam. Please see the photo below.

The new Minister of Tourism & Cultures have been surrounded by the smooth operators. The minister pay homepage to Datuk Tam (2nd left in pic after Datuk Rashidi, KSU of MOTAC).

Raja Firdaus and Datuk Tam are the two household names in TM.  Please read Why TM Loves Direct Negotiation Contracts?, HERE, & HERE .

Direct Nego Contracts

The government had a standing policy against direct nego contracts. But Direct nego contracts had been highly encouraged and the norm in TM. Hence the deficit in TM hit an all time high of over RM130 million. No other Ministries or government agencies dare to operate under such a huge deficit and/or let alone enter into shady “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal under the circumstances.

If the Auditor-General Department were to comb through all the direct nego contracts totalling about RM90 million, it will discover many scandalous transactions. There are also many direct nego contracts connected to two or three cronies of certain powerful figure in MOTAC itself

Another explosive article will be published soon.

Please stay tuned.

“Speedy Gonzales” Deal Exposed – Siew Ka Wei & Elizabeth

Picture of Elizabeth Ken taken from her Facebook.  Is she the media specialist at Redberry Media Group?

The above picture of Ms Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying (“Elizabeth Ken”) was taken from the profile of her Facebook. She is a shareholder and the CEO of Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (“GEEKO”).  GEEKO was embroiled in the “Speedy Gonzales” contract worth RM99.693 million, which was awarded by Tourism Malaysia (“TM”).  The said deal was evaluated, negotiated and the contract was exchanged and sealed in ONE day, on 4 April 2018!  By the way, at the material time GEEKO was only a 5 months old company. It was incorporated on 6 November 2017.  It is believe that GEEKO is an expert in “Digital Marketing”.   Continue reading ““Speedy Gonzales” Deal Exposed – Siew Ka Wei & Elizabeth”

Dato’ Siew Ka Wei: “Speedy Gonzales” RM99.693 Mil Deal Tainted With Conflicts of Interest! Part – 2

Dato’ Siew Ka Wei and his many outfits. He is an extremely capable and talented man.

Updates @ 10:30 pm on 7-4-2018:  The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has visited the Tourism and Culture Ministry over what is believed to be a contract signed between the ministry’s promotional agency Tourism Malaysia and a company.  Tourism Malaysia director-general Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said several MACC officers had gone to the ministry’s headquarters in Putrajaya to “inquire” yesterday following some media reports.”   FMT‘s full report HERE.

Yours truly is extremely impressed by the swift reply of Yg Bhg  Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyap, who signed the “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko contract, and hopes he and his little napoleons could sleep soundly tonight and for many more months to come after having responded and answered the short “inquiries” from MACC to such perfection.  This is the correct attitude of “business as usual” – to do more Speedy Gonzales” or direct negotiation contracts.   

Two days have elapsed since this article had been published, yours truly is still waiting for the famous corporate genius, Yg Bhg Dato Siew Ka Wei, to refute the allegations made in it or make satisfactory declarations as requested.  If Yg Bhg Dato Siew Ka Wei and/or Datuk Seri Mohammad Taiyap choose not to respond by 5 pm on 8 June, 2018,  yours truly will publish a new posting to show how rotten this “Speedy Gonzales” deal is. Therefore, silence is not an option for both Yg Bhg Datuk Siew Ka Wei and/or Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyap and their little napoleons.   

Continue reading “Dato’ Siew Ka Wei: “Speedy Gonzales” RM99.693 Mil Deal Tainted With Conflicts of Interest! Part – 2″