MCMC Looted, Shady ‘Speedy Gonzales’ Deal Resurfaces – Part 2 (Corporate Genius Siew Ka Wei’s Wizardry)

Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei, former TM chairman and current chairman of Ancom Bhd, MD of Nylex Bhd and Redberry Media Group (which owned the defunct Malay Mail) and Ms Elizabeth Ken (both in orange “uniform”) when they were arrested and detained by MACC in January 2019.

For Part 1 please read HERE.

Disgraced corporate genius and ex-Tourism Malaysia chairman Dato Siew Ka Wei (SIEW) appears to be in the centre of another failed lavish government CONtract.

The man who in January this year spent four days in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lock-up over a probe into the dubious RM100 million “Speedy Gonzales” tech deal involving Tourism Malaysia (TM)/Ministry of Tourism and Culture is now implicated in a Ministry of Education (MOE) rip-off.

SIEW and/or his outfits are seen as one of the key players in the disastrous RM340 million project, which involved MCMC Funds, to digitalise teaching in schools nationwide.

The initiative was meant to narrow the digital divide between teachers and students, which was a good decision, but it ended with all and sundry exploiting the said failed project.

Despite on 17 April 2018 Jawatankuasa PEMANDU Program ICT Sekolah Kementerian Pendidekan Malaysia Sessi Khas 2/2018 Memutuskan bahawa Fasa 6 ditangguhkan sehingga  selepas PRU 14”Padu Corporation (PADU)  defied the said decision and on 27 April 2018 (some 12 days before 14th GE) it proceeded to pay another RM18,402,690.25  to Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad (Utusan) in lightning speed for Phase 6.

At that material time, PADU and MOE had full knowledge that the said tablet project for Phase 2 to 5 were failures. After the payment of RM18,402,269.00, not a single tablet was delivered to teachers!

ZERO GOVERNANCE IN PADU

The funds in PADU were managed with zero governance, to say the least. For example, the proof of deliveries of the tablets by Utusan to the teachers were done by sending copies of Statutory Declaration (SD) affirmed by its Group CEO, Dato’ Mohd Noordin Bin Abbas to PADU. Based on the said SD, PADU’s CEO, Puan Khadijah binti Abdullah, and PADU’s CFO, En Ahmad Izzat bin Ahmad Zaki, happily made payments of a few million Ringgit  each upon accepting the statutory declarations as proofs of delivery!   The little napoleons in PADU, treated the funds in PADU as their own or cash cow!

The funds from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) were channeled to PADU, a company incorporated by guarantee under the purview of MOE.

PADU awarded the contract to Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad (UTUSAN) without open tender to supply free 430,000 units of computer tablets with pre-installed Tutor Guru app and Utusan Malaysia e-paper to teachers by June 2018.

It is startling that SIEW, the former Chairman of TM, executive Chairman of Ancom Bhd, managing director of Nylex Bhd, Redberry Media Group (Redberry) that owned the defunct Malay Mail, wore the Utusan Malaysia hat to attend the meeting in MOE.

THE 13 JUNE 2016 “PRE-PRICE NEGOTIATION” MEETING IN MOE

The Minutes for the “Pre Price Negotiation Meeting” dated 13-6-2016 held in MOE. Page 1

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Page 2 of the Minutes of the Pre-Price Negotiation Meeting of 13-6-2016.

In the minutes of a “Pre-Price Negotiation” meeting on 13 June 2016 between PADU and Utusan Melayu, Dato Siew was listed without any designation under the Utusan team that attended the session.

The meeting to discuss pricing and supply of the gadgets to teachers in Sarawak under the first phase saw the attendance of all the MOE top guns.

They were the then Ketua Setiausaha (Tan Sri Dr Madinah binti Mohamad, who was later appointed the Auditor General), Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha (P) (En Jamil bin Rakon), the then Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif unit Pelaksanaan & Prestasi PADU (Puan Khadijah binti Abdullah, whose contract expired on 31 May 2019 and was not renewed), Setiausaha Bahagian Perolehan dan pengurusan Aset (Tuan Haji Shahid-Din bin Khatib), Pengarah Bahagian Teknologi Pendidikan (Tuan Haji Zaidi Bin Yazid),  Timbalan Setiausaha Bahagian (K) Bahagian Kewangan (b), Ketua Pegawai Kewangan Unit Pelaksanaan & Prestasi Pendidikan (PADU) (En Ahmad Izzat bin Ahmad Zaki), Pengarah (Transformasi) Unit Pelaksanaan & Prestasi Pendidikan (PADU) (En Mohaammed Zekri bin Ghazali), Pegawai Khas KSU Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) (Cik Afidah binti Ashad) and Pengurus kewangan Unit Pelaksanaan & Prestasi Pendidikan (PADU) and (En Mohd Hizwan bin Ahmad).

The then very “Hebat” CEO of PADU, Puan Khadijah binti Abdullah
En Azrul Satria bin Abdul Rahim, the very ‘Hebat” special officer to Puan Khadijah
En Ahmad Izzat bin Ahmad Zaki, the very “Hebat” Chief Financial Officer of PADU.

According to reliable sources in MOE, the “three musketeers” in the scandalous tablet deal in PADU were:

 Puan Khadijah binti Abdullah, the then CEO of PADU;

En Asrul Satria bin Abdul Rahim, the Special Officer to CEO; and

En Ahmad Izzat bin Ahmad Zaki, CFO of PADU

Utusan Melayu (M) Sdn Bhd

Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd were represented by its Pengarah Esekutif Kumpulan (Dato’ Mohd Nordin bin Abbas), the corporate genius Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei for Utusan Malaysia (M) Berhad (with no post) and Pengurus Besar Perkhidmatan Korporat & Pengurusan Risiko Utusan Melayu (M) Sdn Bhd (En Ahmad Razif bin Mohamed).

Picture of Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei when he was released from detention of MACC.  He was the former chairman of TM, current chairman of Ancom Bhd, MD of Nylex Bhd and Redberry Media Group, which owned the defunct Malay Mail.

Siew Ka Wei’s role in the project raises worrying issues.

  • He was never part of Utusan Malaysia (M) Bhd group. So, in what capacity did he attend the pre-price negotiation meeting and subsequent discussions?
  • Did Utusan authorise his attendance as their representative?
  • If so, were the MOE and PADU made aware of this and checked on the credential of Siew Ka Wei?
  • In 2018/2019 Redberry Group and Nylex Bhd sued Utusan for the return of deposit for advertising — RM8.5 mil for Nylex and RM4.5 mil for Redberry.  Wasn’t it strange that SIEW, who is the MD for Nylex and Redberry, sued Utusan when he represented Utusan in the said tablets “Pre-Price Negotiation” Meeting on 13 June 2016?            Please read HERE, HERE & HERE.
  • Siew Ka Wei was appointed chairman of Tourism Malaysia on 21 Sept 2016 and it would have been unethical of him to have continued to be in this tablet business up to end of April 2018.

If you think the shady Speedy Gonzales” RM100 mil CONtract with TM, where Siew Ka Wei and Elizabeth Ken were arrested and detained for four days by MACC,  was bad wait till you see what had actually took place in the shady RM340 million tablet deal.  The deal was funded using the MCMC Funds.

For a start, SIew Ka Wei, who was never part of Utusan Melayu, had attended the Padu’s  Pre Price Negotiation meetings of the so-called tablet deal as a representative of  Utusan Melayu.  Siew Ka Wei is a well known corporate genius of all times!  No wonder he could hold on as the Chairman of Ancom Bhd, a public listed company and MD of Nylex Bhd.

In the interim, Puan Latheefa Koya, the newly-minted DG of MACC should swing into action to investigate the failed tablet Project worth a total of RM340 million involving MCMC Funds.

Yours truly calls upon YB Gobind Singh Deo, the Minister of Communications and Multimedia and Datuk Dr Mazlee bin Malik, the Minister of Education, to uncover the irregularities that caused the tablet projects to fail and the wanton disbursement of funds.

Stay Tuned For The Continuing Expose in Part 3.

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