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.
Updates at 11 am on 29-01-2019:The Minister of MOTAC and Datuk Musa Bin Yusof, the newly appointed DG of TM will be launching a Joint Incentive Tourism Development Programs in KLIA at 2 pm today (29-1-2019). The press should ask Datuk Musa about his involvement in the Speedy Gonzales deal and whether the deal was planned well before the inception of Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd on 6-11-2017. Please see below for the publicity generated by the misleading “Promosi Bersama TM/Tencent/Geeko” scheme devised by Datuk Musa Yusof in HERE.
It is now clear that the shady “Speedy Gonzales”RM99.693 million deal involving Tourism Malaysia (TM) and an infant IT company, Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (Geeko), was planned months ahead.
The new revelations which are part of yours truly’s continuing probe into the ambiguous “Speedy Gonzales” deal show an amateurish rip-off of TM funds.
Fundamentals in awarding contracts and making payments were neglected, suggesting that TM was an easy agency to milk, or rather an automated teller machine (ATM).
The Arrest & Remand of Dato’ Siew Ka Wei & Ms Elizabeth Ken
The “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal exploded when Dato’ Siew Ka Wei and the CEO of Geeko, Ms Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying were arrested and remanded for four days by MACC on 10 January, 2019.
The Little Napoloens In TM
The little napoleons in the top management of TM have had inkling of the dubious “Speedy Gonzales” RM99.693 million deal as early as in November 2017 when Geeko was incorporated.
Datuk Musa Bin Yusof , the then Director of Bahagian Promosi Antarabangsa (Asia/Afrika), was a known promoter of digital platform/Geeko deal in TM. Datuk Musa knew or ought to have known that in 2016/2017 TM had already paid RM40 million to Kraken Interactive Sdn Bhd (Kraken), which was represented by Raja Firdaus and Mr Ron Chow the director of Kraken, to provide TM with digital marketing platform. Why was Datuk Musa so active in promoting another digital platform through Geeko in 2017/ 2018?
In January 2018, a ‘foolproof’ scheme was devised to avoid seeking MAMPU’s approval to appoint Geeko to prepare a report /Kajian for TM to appoint Geeko!
The Relationship Between Datuk Musa & Geeko
Of course, Datuk Musa didn’t put in his “proposal” of his precarious position of conflict of interest: that he was on the TM top management; and president of KOPEMA (Koperasi Kakitanggan MOTAC).
KOPEMA is a shareholder of Geeko. What a brilliant “proposal” by Datuk Musa! From the said “proposal” below you will no doubt conclude that Datuk Musa is a genius!
No wonder he was promoted to be the DG of TM in a ‘Speedy Gonzales’ fashion.
The little napoleons in TM love quickies.
The evidence below clearly shows that Datuk Musa not only played an active part to promote the shady “Speedy Gonzales” but was also instrumental in securing the appointment of Geeko as the “go-between company” on the pretext of providing the digital platform for TM.
For the benefit of new readers, let yours truly reproduced some of the glaring facts.
Dato’ Siew Ka Wei
At the material time, Dato’ Siew Ka Wei was the high- flying chairman of TM. Currently he is the chairman of Ancom Bhd, MD for Nylex Bhd and CEO of Redberry Media Group (Redberry). The defunct print and online Malay Mail are part of his ‘empire’.
He is also a well-known corporate genius but not after May 9, 2018 though. He has many outfits like Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd (exclusive advertising contract with MRT), Meru Utama Sdn Bhd (exclusive advertising contract in Malaysia airports), Ancom Chemical Sdn Bhd (exclusive Methanol contract from Petronas), Puncak Berlian Sdn Bhd and many others.
Geeko, Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd and Berlin Puncak Sdn Bhd share the same registered office address and the same company secretary, Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye. What a co-incidence?? Please read HERE.
Ms Elizabeth Ken
Elizabeth Ken is one of the shareholders and CEO of Geeko. She is also the media specialist of Redberry whose CEO is, of course, Dato’ Siew Ka Wei.
Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (Geeko)
On 6 November 2017, Geeko was incorporated. Elizabeth Ken and her company EN Vouge Sdn Bhd and KOPEMA (Kakitangan Koperasi MOTAC) are the shareholders. At that material time, Datuk Musa Yusof, was president of KOPEMA and director of Bahagian Pomosi Antarabangsa (Asia/Afrika). Datuk Ammar A Gapar is one of the director in TM and the deputy president of KOPEMA.
The little napoleons in TM have been playing deaf and dumb over the ‘Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal. Then we witnessed the sudden crowning of ‘Musa the Great’ as the Director General (DG) of TM. It was a “Speedy Gonzales” promotion.
When yours truly first wrote about the shady “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal, Dato’ Siew Ka Wei defended Geeko deal to the hilt. The little napoleons in TM have gone into silent mode since then.
The Conflict of Interest
Clear case of Conflict of interest, read HERE & HERE.
On 19 January, 2018, about 73 days after the incorporation of Geeko, Datuk Musa and other little napoleons hatched a scheme called “PROMOSI BERSAMA TOURISM MALAYSAI DAN TENCENT/GEEKO TECH BAGI PROMOSI PASARAN DIGITAL (SMART TOURISM)” (“Promosi Bersama Geeko”) that cost TM a whooping RM1,167,900.00 for the so-called report/Kajian.
If TM were to directly appoint Geeko to prepare a report/Kajian for an IT Project it would have to submit the plan/proposal for approval to MAMPU. That would be time consuming and may not get approval.
Datuk Musa and the other little napoleons in TM must have mooted the scandalous Geeko/Digital Platform many weeks if not months before19 January, 2018.
From the said proposal for “Promosi Bersama”, it will not be too far fetched to suggest that Datuk Musa and gang must have planned the scandalous Geeko deal well before the incorporation of GEEKO on 6 November, 2017.
The Bomb Shell & so-called Proposal For “Promosi Bersama TM dan Geeko/Tencent”
Please see the said questionable proposal “Promosi Bersama” by Datuk Miusa Bin Yusof below.
In a nutshell it was just a simple proposal for a report/Kajian to be prepared by Geeko to appoint itself to be a “special purpose vehicle” for someone. What a brilliant proposal!
The Glaring Conflicts of Interest
Firstly, the important glaring conflict of interest was that Datuk Musa did not declare in the said proposal:
The possible conflict of interest on Musa’s part as the president of KOPEMA because KOPEMA is a shareholder of Geeko. He is also the director of Bahagian Antarabangsa (Afrika/China). At that material time, it seemed Datuk Mirza, who was previously charged twice for corruption, very innocently approved the said “Promosi Bersama” for RM1,167, 900.00.
The said astronomical sum was paid for producing a report/KAJIAN. Not bad for a five-month old company to be awarded and paid RM1,167,900.00 by a government agency for a simple job.
Secondly, on 19.1.2017 the appointment of Geeko was not only unprecedented but violated the regulations of Ministry of Finance (MOF) because Geeko was not registered with MOF.
Geeko was only registered with MOF on 6-4-2018. However, the “Speedy Gonzales” contract was signed on 4-4-2018, two days before the said registration. This is evident of the little napoleons in TM who did not give a damn about MOF rules. TM is just a cash cow for some.
Thirdly, there was no real promotional activities for the so-called “Promosi Bersama TM dan Tencent/Geeko”.
The Glaring Points In The Said “Promosi Bersama”
Page 2 of the said “Promosi Bersama”.
Para 2.2 Objektif Pelaksanaan Smart Tourism adalah:
Para 2.2.2 Membekalan laporan data industry pelancongan bagi membantu dalam process decision making.
Page 3 of the said “Promosi Bersama”
Para 3.1 Table
No. 5 in the table: Final Summary Reports
Deliverable: Project Summary report
Page 4 of the said “Promosi Bersama”
Para 4. JUSTIFIKASI BAHAGIAN(Glaring section)
4.1 Projek ini adalah wajar dilakukan bagi membantu dalam pembangunan SMART Tourism. Khidmat dari SyarikatTencent Technology yang digunakan oleh kajian ini juga adalah bersesuaian memandangkan syarikat ini adalah syarikat gergasi di China yang mempunyai pengalaman yang meluas dalam bidang teknologi.
The glaring questions are:
Why didn’t TM go direct to Tencent Technology?
Why TM had to appoint a five-month old company to do the “KAJIAN” to use Tencent Technology?
Why was there a need for a “KAJIAN” from a five-month old company to appoint a big company like Tencent Technology, which is equivalent to Google or Yahoo?
Isn’t it obvious that Geeko was a go-between for this “Speedy Gonzales” deal? (On 1-6-2018 Dato’ Siew Ka Wei had declared that Geeko is a “special purpose vehicle” for Tencent, which he subsequently did an about turn 7 days later.)
Para 5. IMPLIKASI KEWANGAN
Jumlah kos anggaran adalah sebanyak RM1,167,900.00menggunakan peruntukan sedia ada mengurus 2018 Bahagian Pegiklanan, Tourism Malaysia.
At the material time TM was (and is still) operating under deficit of more than RM130 million.
If this is the case, where is the so-called “PERUNTUKAN”?
Was the so-called “PERUNTUKKAN” a means to siphon off RM1,176,900.00 from TM?
The Salient Facts:
Datuk Mirza (ex-DG of TM) approved the said above proposal “Promosi Bersma” by Datuk Musa and Puan Azleen Mat Zip, TM Director of Finance, paid RM1,167,900.00 to Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd. Puan Azleen had a copy of the so-called Report/”KAJIAN” prepared by Geeko to appoint Geeko/Tencent.
Sources in TM also confirmed that there was no agreement for the so-called “PROMOSI BERSAMA GEEKO/TENCENT” to support the payment of RM1,167,900.00. The Head of Internal Audit, Puan Salinda binti Sany, picked up this glaring transaction during the audit exercise and questioned it. However, there was no further action. The issue just died down. WHY?
Puan Salinda did prepare an audit report on this matter. Where is the audit report now?
Now we know why Musa, the newly appointed DG of TM, was and is a genius in “planning” and more importantly drawing up the “fool proof” proposal.
There must be an in-depth investigation into this so-called proposal for “Promosi Bersama” and the “Kajian”, which cost TM RM1,167,900.00, by MACC.
KSN should examine what Datuk Musa had done or his role in the “Speedy Gonzales” deal when his DG post is up for confirmation.
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.