Can Serving Civil Servant Hold Post In A Private Entity?

The original version of MYBeauty’s website shown that Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah, the then KSU of MOTAC, was the Chairman of MyBeauty. Advertisement and promotion were by Tourism Malaysia (TM) and MyBeauty.

As on 14 February 2019 Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah (Rashidi), the then KSU of Ministry of Tourism and Cultures (MOTAC), was the Chairman of MyBeauty, HERE.

 

Screen shot taken after 24-2-2019

After the publication of the article, HERE, on 24 February 2019 there were drastic changes made to MyBeauty’s website where Rashidi was no longer designated as MyBeauty’s Chairman, HERE.

Rashidi Is Still the KSU of MOTAC

Screen shot taken after 24-2-2019

However, as of 20 March 2019 MyBeauty’s website shows Rashidi is still the KSU of MOTAC.  As a matter of fact, Rashidi had since retired on 15 February 2019.  As from 15 February 2019 MyBeauty’s website should clearly state that Rashidi was the ex-KSU of MOTAC. To state otherwise will be most misleading and does not speak well of MOTAC.

“Pekeliling Perkhidmatan” 

The current KSU of MOTAC, Datuk Isham Bin Ishak, should investigate into the position of Rashdi when he was the then KSU of MOTAC and chairman of MyBeauty at the same time. Whether at that material time Rashidi had violated the rules/regulation set by the government for serving civil servants holding post in a private entity.

Peliling Perkhidmatan of the Government – page 1
Pekelilinmg Perkhidmatan – page 2
Pekeliling Perkhidmatan – page 3

 

It must be noted that under the Government’s “Pekeliling Perkhidmatan Bil. 7 Tahun 1982 [JPA.Sulit TT.8023/Jld.3/(17).]  Siri No: 006” (“Pekeliling Perkhidmatan”)

Section 4.1: Dengan ini Kerajaan telah memutuskan bahawa:

  • (a)  “Kakitangan kerajaan yang menjadi ahli Koperasi/Tabung/Kesatuan Sekerja Kakitanggan Awam tidak boleh mengangotai lembaga pengarah syarikat yang ditubuhkan oleh badan-badan itu, sama ada secara persendirian atau ushasama (joint venture); (Civil servant, who is a member of a co-operative/fund/association of civil servants, cannot become member of the Board of director of the company, which was set up by co-operative/fund/association of civil servants, whether in private or joint venture.)
  • (b)  Kakaitangan kerjaan tidak dibenarkan dilantik atas nama persendirian (private capacity) dalam lembaga pengarah bagi mana-mana syarikat. (Serving civil servant is not allowed in his personal capacity to be appointed to the Board of Directors of any company.)

 

As of 14-2-2019  MyBeauty’s website shown that it was established by MOTAC, Tourism Malaysia, Oriental Mace, HRDF and TRIPS.

As on 14 February 2019, it was stated in MyBeauty’s website that it was established by MOTAC, Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia (TM), Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), Oriental Mace and TRIPS (Tourism Research Institute for Policy Studies).

 

On 23.2.2019 MyBeauty’s website shown that it was established by MOTAC and Malaysian Beauty College.

On 24 February 2019 MyBeauty had amended its website as shown above to state that it was established only by MOTAC and a new entity called “Malaysian Beauty College”. 

From 13 March 2019 onward the link to Malaysian Beauty College, HERE,  showed that the website had been deleted. Why?

The KSU of MOTAC Should Investigate

In the light of the above “Pekeliling Perkhidmatan”, the new KSU of MOTAC, Datuk Isham Bin Ishak, should investigate whether at the material time Rashidi had flagrantly violated the above “Pekeliling Perkhidmatan” and whether it was proper for Rashidi to be described as the KSU of MOTAC when he had actually retired on 15 February 2019.

Her Excellency Dato’ Haslina Binti Hamid

Her Excellency Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid attending a function in Shenzen, China.

MACC and KSN should investigate into Her Excellency Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid (the deputy KSU – Tourism)’s trip to Shenzen, China, on 17 January 2019, was sanctioned by MOTAC and who sponsored the trip.

Stay tuned.

Ancom Acquisition Of Dormant Company Is Puzzling

The screenshot of Ancom Bhd‘s public announcement of its acquisition of Media Works Sdn Bhd, which is a dormant company, for RM1.

 

It would have been an otherwise a normal affair for a public listed company to acquire shareholding in a Sdn Bhd.  What had made it so strange was the acquisition of a dormant company with a RM1 paid up share capital.

On 1 March 2019 Ancom Bhd (Ancom) had made the above public announcement in Bursa Malaysia that it had acquired one ordinary share in Media Works Sdn Bhd (Media Works), which was incorporated on 13 December, 2018, and it is dormant. Isn’t it a bit unusual to classify a 13 months old as dormant?

Of course, the announcement didn’t tell us that Media Works has  several special common features with other companies, which are connected with Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei, Datuk Wong Sai Wan and Ms Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying.

 

The Common Registered Office 

The registered office of Media Work is the same as Geeko (Elizabeth Ken is the CEO & shareholder), En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd is one the shareholder of Geeko (Elizabeth Ken is the director & shareholder of En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd), Puncak Berlian Sdn Bhd (Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei & Datuk Wong Sai Wan are the directors), Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei & Datuk Wong Sai Wan are the directors) and Nylex (Malaysia) Bhd (Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei is the Group MD).

 

Ancom’s Corporate Structure

Ancom Bhd’s corporate structure published in its website.

 

The Very Special One Share

The very special one share that Ancom Bhd bought.

It bogles the mind why a public listed company bought a dormant company with a shareholding of RM1 and the said share belongs to none other than Mr Stephen Geh Sin Whye. You sill see from the SSM records below that Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is indeed a very special personality. He is the company secretary to:

  • Media Works Sdn Bhd (a dormant company)
  • Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (involved with the ‘Speedy Gonzales” contract worth RM99.693 million with TM and Elizabeth Ken is its CEO and shareholder)
  • En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd (belongs to Elizabeth Ken & her sister)
  • Nylex (Malaysia) Berhad (a public listed company & subsidiary of Ancom Bhd. Dato’ Siew Ka Wei is the group MD)
  • Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd (an outfit related to Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei & Datuk Wong Sai Wan)
  • Puncak Berlian Sdn Bhd (an outfit related to Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei & Datuk Wong Sai Wan)

 

The Ancom listed subsidiaries & Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye

In Puncak Berlian Sdn Bhd (Puncak Berlian)both Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei and Datuk Wong Sai Wan are the directors.  Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye, is the company secretary.

In Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd (Titanium Compass), both Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei and Datuk Wong Sai Wan are also the directors.  Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is the company secretary.

In Nylex (Malaysia ) Bhd (Nylex), Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is the company secretary.

Is it by chance that the famous Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is also the company secretary for the scandals tainted Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd and En Vogue media Sdn Bhd?

Is it also by chance that that Puncak Berlian, Titanium Compass and Nylex shared the common registered office address with Geeko and EN Vogue Meida?

 

The SSM Records Of Media Works Sdn Bhd & Other Companies

SSM Search on Media Works Sdn Bhd. The registered address is common to Geeko and several outfits related to Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei, who is the executive chairman of Ancom Bhd and was the former chairman of Tourism Malaysia.

 

SSM record of the Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd.

 

SSM record on En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd. Elizabeth Ken and her sister are the directors & shareholders.

 

SSM record of Puncak Berlian Sdn Bhd. Dato’ Siew Ka Wei & Datuk Wong Sai Wan (Editor of Malay Mail) are the directors.

 

Sim search record of Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd. Its directors are Dato’ Siew Ka Wei (Chairman of Ancom Bhd & Datuk Wong Sai Wan (Editor of Malay Mail).

 

Another Common Feature – Stephen Geh Sim Whye, The Company Secretary

Media Works’s company secretary is Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye. He is also the company secretary for Geeko Tech & En Vogue (Elizabeth Ken).

 

Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors. Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is also the company secretary for Geeko Tech.

 

En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors.  Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is also its company secretary.

 

Puncak Berlian Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors.  Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is its company secretary

 

Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors – page 1.

 

Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors – page 2. Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is its company secretary

 

Nylex (Malaysia) Bhd’s List off Directors. Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is its company secretary

 

For the benefit of new readers, here’s a short background of the shady “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal with Tourism Malaysia worth RM99.693 million.

 

Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd

Geeko was involved in the dubious ’Speedy Gonzales’ digital platform direct nego contract worth RM99.693 million with Tourism Malaysia (TM), HERE.

SSM record of Geeko’s shareholders

Geeko was incorporated on 6 November 2017.  Its shareholders are as shown above in the SSM record.

Ms Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying (Elizabeth Ken) and her sister are the directors and shareholders of En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd.

Koperasi Kakitangan Kementerian Pelancongan Dan Kebudayaan Malaysia Berhad a.k.a. KOPEMA.

At the material time, Datuk Musa Bin Yusuf (Musa) was the then director of International Promotion for (Africa/China) and is the president of KOPEMA.  The deputy president is Datuk Ammar A Ghapar, senior director of Domestic & Events of Tourism Malaysia (TM), HERE.

 

Datuk Musa Bini Yusuf (Musa) – The Facilitator

Datuk Musa Yusof, the newly appointed DG of Tourism Malaysia.

On 19 January 2018, Musa  submitted a proposal known as “Promosi Bersama  Tourism Malaysia dan Tencent/Geeko Tech Bagi Pemasaran Digital (Smart Tourism)” (“Promosi Bersama”) to the then DG of TM, Datuk Seri Mirza Mohamed Taiyab (Mirza), for approval.  It was, of course, approved in lightning speed by Mirza.

It would appear that it was a straight forward “Promosi Bersama”.  It was not. To cut the long story short, the said Promosi Bersama was so devised to appoint Geeko to do a study to appoint Geeko to put in place the so-called digital platform for RM99.693 million in TM.  This so-called study cost TM a whooping RM1,167,900.00. For full detail of this Promosi Bersama, please read “Is Tourism Malaysia Everyone’s “ATM”?.

On 4 April 2018 (Iin one day) TM evaluated, negotiated, agreement prepared and the agreement was sealed on the same day.  Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying (Elizabeth Ken) executed the said agreeement on behalf of Geeko and Mirza for TM. For full details of the said shady “Speedy Gonzales” RM99.693 million, please read HERE.

By the way, Geeko was only rgistered with Ministry of Finance on 6 April 2018, two days after signing the said agreement. It was a case of putting the cart before the horse!

 

Elizabeth Ken, The Media Specialist of Redberry Media Group

Ms Elizabeth Ken is the CEO of Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd. She is also the media specialist of Redberry Media Group.

At the material time, Elizabeth Ken is the media specialist of Redberry Media Group (Redberry).  She is also the CEO of the scandals tainted Geeko. Redberry is part of Ancom Bhd.  Redberry is a related outfit of Dato Dr’ Siew Ka Wei.  For full detail please read HERE& HERE.

 

Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei, The Corporate Genius

Left: Tan Sri Mohamed Al Amin. Right: Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei.

Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei is the executive chairman of Ancom Bhd.  He is also the group managing director of Nylex (Malaysia) Bhd.  Redberry Media Group (Redberry) is also part of Ancom. The defunct Malay Mail (print edition) was part of Redberry. Redberry is a one of the outfits related Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei.

Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei and Tan Sri Mohamed Al Amin are business partners. Prior to the 14th General Elections. Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei had been hailed to be a corporate genius in Malaysia. Hence, many of his related outfits like Ancom Chemical Sdn Bhd (supply of Methanol from Petronas), Meru Utama Sdn Bhd (advertising space contract in airports) , Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd (advertising contract in MRT stations) and etc have been awarded with long term exclusive contracts.

Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd had been awarded 10 years exclusive advertising space contract in MRT stations, HERE. The PH Government should investigate into this and other monopoly contracts. Monopoly contract is never good for our country and should be terminated.

When yours truly exposed the shady “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal on 30 May 2018, Dato Dr Siew Ka Wei was the Chairman of Tourism Malaysia (TM), HERE.

He was actively defending the said dubious RM99.693 million deal. Initially he was in great pain to fool Malaysians that Geeko was a special purpose vehicle chosen by Tencent Holding for the “Speedy Gonzales” RM99.693 million project.

In a press statement dated 1 June 2018, Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei said:

Geeko Technology was the local partner chosen by Tencent to implement the project here. The principal officers are known to the Tencent Group. The choice of Geeko as a Special Purpose Vehicle for the project was made by Tencent.

One week later on 8 June 2018, Dato’ Siew Ka Wei did an about turn to drastically change the position by stating that:

Geeko Tech is not a special purpose vehicle chosen by Tencent …

Both press statements are reproduced in the article: Dato’ DR Siew Ka Wei: GEEKO – “Special Purpose Vehicle” For Tencent or …??

 

The “Famous” Editor In Chief Of The Defunct Malay Mail, Datuk Wong Sai Wan

Malay mail editor in chief, Datuk Wong Sai Wan, pressing the button on 30-11-2018 to finally bury Malay Mail for good.

Malay Mail’s editor-in-chief is none other that the extremely “famous” Datuk Wong Sai Wan, who featured very prominently as director in at least two of Dato Dr Siew Ka Wei’s related outfits namely, Puncak Berlian Sdn Bhd and Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd.  It is not the norm for editor in chief of a newspapers to be director of companies. This is how Datuk Wong Sai Wan maintains his professionalism as the editor in chief.

 

MACC

On 7 June 2018 MACC had commenced its investigations into this dubious “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal. It raided TM HQ and seized documents. However, the then DG of TM, Datuk Seri Mirza Mohamed Taiyab denied it was a raid but just to visit TM Hq and “inquire” into the said dubious deal, HERE.

 

2nd left: Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei     4th left: Elizabeth Ken, the CEO and shareholder of Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd.

On 9 January 2019, Dato Dr Siew Ka Wei, the former chairman of Tourism Malaysia and chairman of Ancom Bhd and Group MD of Nylex Bhd, and Elizabeth Ken, the CEO, shareholder of Geeko and media specialist for Redberry Media Group, were arrested and subsequently detained by MACC for four days on a court order, HERE.  Please see also Star report, HERE.

 

Picture of Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei when he was released. He was the chairman of TM.

On 13 January 2019, both of Dato’ Siew Ka Wei and Elizabeth Ken were released from the custody of MACC, HERE.

 

The Common Feature – Stephen Geh Sim Whye, The Company Secretary

Media Works’s company secretary is Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye. He is also the company for Geeko Tech & En Vogue Media (belongs to Elizabeth Ken & her sister).

 

Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors. Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is also its company secretary.

 

En Vogue Media Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors.  Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is also the company secretary.

 

Piuncak Berlian Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors.  Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is also the company secretary

 

Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors – page 1.

 

Titanium Compass Sdn Bhd’s List of Directors – page 2. Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is also the company secretary

 

Nylex (Malaysia) Bhd’s List off Directors. Mr Stephen Geh Sim Whye is also the company secretary

 

Were the above features in Geeko and EN Vogue Media that were common with companies related to the outfits of Dato’ Siew Ka Wei and his Malay Mail’s editor in chief, Datuk Wong Sia Wan, a mere coincidence?

Perhaps Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei would like to defend the above like what he did on the scandalous “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko RM99.693 million deal.

Stay Tuned.

 

Why MyBeauty’s Website Has Been Amended?

MyBeauty’s website has been amended a few days ago.

Updates on 13-03-2019:  When one clicks the link to Malaysian Beauty College, it no longer exist in the web. Why was the website being deleted?  Click:  Malaysian Beauty College

What is Malaysian Beauty College?

After yours truly had published an article about MyBeauty, HERE, there are several glaring amendments have been made to its website a few days ago. The obvious is the deletion of Tourism Malaysia (TM), Human Resources Fund (HRDF) and TRIP as parties to have established MyBeauty.  Under this particular section, there is a new addition of a not known entity known as Malaysian Beauty College, HERE.  If you were to click on “Our Campus” on the Malaysian Beauty College’s website there is no  picture showing its campus, HERE.

Malaysian Beauty College’s website.

According to the above webpage, Malaysian Beauty College is supported by MOTAC, Oriental Mace Group, Tourism Malaysia,  Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK), Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

A check from the website of AHLEI, there is no mention about Malaysian Beauty College, HERE.

Hopefully Malaysian Beauty College’s webpage will not be amended after this article is posted.

MOTAC, Tourism Malaysia, JPK and Ministry of Human Resources/HRDF should clarify in what ways they are supporting the Malaysian Beauty College?

 

The Beauty Courses By “Malaysian Beauty College”

When “View Details” is clicked, it shows the same details as the “Beauty Courses” page.

With the exception of the amount for the fees on the courses, there is not much information on the courses except the name of the courses provided.  If you were to click “Beauty Courses” on Malaysian Beauty College’s website, you will see “View Details”.  When you click the “View Details” section there is no details, HERE.

 

The Original Version Of The Main Webpage of MyBeauty

The original version of the MyBauty’s webpage is as below. You could see the original versions of thee pages in MyBeauty’s website in HERE.

The original webpage of MyBeauty:

 

The original shown that MyBeauty was established by MOTAC, Tourism Malaysia, Oriental Mace group, HRDF and TRIPS.

The top picture (the amended webpage of MyBeauty) shows Tourism Malaysia, HRDF, Oriental Mace Group and TRIPS (Tourism Research Insitute For Policies Studies) have been deleted.

Why was the sudden deletion of Tourism Malaysia, HRDF, Oriental Mace Group and TRIP without any explanation? This is extremely strange!  The said deletions raised more questions about MyBeauty.

 

What Is Trip?

TRIPS as shown in Malaysia Hospitality College’s webpage.

TRIPS seems to be part of Malaysia Hospitality College, HERE.

 

Left: Professor of Economics Tourism Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew   Right: Her Excellency Timbalan KSU of MOTAC, Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid

It would appear that TRIPS is part of Malaysia Hospitality College, which is connected to the famous Professor of Economic Tourism Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew.  After yours truly published the article on MyBeauty, he has now replaced Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, the former KSU of MOTAC, as Chairman of MyBeauty.

 

The Glaring Amendments

Professor Economics Tourism Dr Wong Kong Yew is now being promoted to be the Chairman of MyBeauty.

When yours truly published about “MyBeauty”, Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, the then KSU of MOTAC, was its Chairman.  A few days ago, in the amended version of MyBeauty’s webpage Professor Economics Tourism Dr Wong Kong Yew is its newly appointed Chairman without any explanation.

As of this date, Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah had already retired as KSU of MOTAC. However, in the above picture of the webpage of MYBeauty, he is still the KSU of MOTAC. This is most misleading to say the least.

There is also an obvious deletion of Tourism Malaysia as the party responsible for advertisement and promotion. The sudden deletion of Tourism Malaysia has also not been explained in MyBeauty’s website.

 

The Original Version Of MyBeauty Webpage

The original version shown Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, the then KSU of MOTAC, was the Chairman of MyBeauty.

It must be noted that the original version showed that Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah was the Chairman of MYBeauty, and Tourism Malaysian and MyBeauty were responsible for the advertisement and promotion. The amended version shows only MyBeauty is responsible for its advertisement and promotion.

 

The Other Glaring Amendment 

The glaring changes is “Dybiotech Berhad formerly known as” Oriental Mace Group Bhd.

It is strange that in the original version of MyBeauty’s website,  “Dybiotech Berhad” was glaringly not stated.  It is a normal commercial practice that all companies will state its current name in all its publications but not for Oriental Mace Group Berhad. The glaring omission of Dybiotech Berhad had caused unnecessary confusion to members of the public at large.

 

The Original Version

This original version was without “Dybiotech Bernard formerly known as”

The obvious amendment for this section of MyBeauty’s webpage is “Dybiotech Berhad formerly known as”, which was previously omitted. Perhaps MyBeauty now realised it had made a grave mistake in not stating the current name of Oriental Mace Group Berhad.

Why MyBeauty’s website was amended as follows:

  • Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah is no longer the Chairman but still is the current KSU of MOTAC.
  • Professor of Economics Tourism Dr Wong Kong Yew is no longer the Co-Chairman but the Chairman of MyBeauty.
  • MyBeauty is no longer established by Tourism Malaysia, HRDF, Oriental Mace and TRIPS. It is now only established by MOTAC and Malaysian Beauty College.
  • Tourism Malaysia is no longer responsible for MyBeauty’s advertisement and promotion.
  • MyBeauty was introudced by MOTAC with the collaboration of Dybiotech Berhad formerly known as  Oriental Mace Group Berhad.
  • Malaysian Beauty College is supported by MOTAC, Tourism Malaysia, HRDF/Ministry of Human Reesources, Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran (JPK), American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

 

MOTAC/Tourism and HRDF/Ministry of Human Resources to explain:

How much fund had been used to establish MyBeauty and support Malaysian Beauty College?

Whether establishment of MyBeauty and support given to Malaysian Beauty College were mooted in accordance with the existence rules set by the government?

 

MACC should also look into this matter.  

 

Next Change – The Chairmanship of Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, the then KSU of MOTAC, in MyBeauty.

Saty Tuned

Tahniah Datuk Isham Ishak

Tahniah Yg Bhg Datuk Isham Ishak, Ketua Setiausaha MOTAC

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

Left: Professor Economics Tourism Dr Wong Kong Yew   Centre: 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

Datuk Musa Yusof, the former Director of International Promotion (Africa/China). He has just been appointed DG of Tourism Malaysia.

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.

 

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

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.

Stay Tuned

 

Whose Beauty is “MyBeauty”?

MyBeauty Home Page:  https://mybeautytourism.com.my/

MyBeauty, a pretentious initiative to dazzle Malaysia’s beauty industry, is run by a bogus company that appears to have government endorsement.

MyBeauty claims it is led by public-listed Oriental Mace Group Berhad (OM) but a check with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) revealed it is not registered. In law, it is non-existent or simply put, bogus.

Seemingly, MyBeauty is a beast preying on government agencies with the blessings of senior officers from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC), Tourism Malaysia (TM) and Human Resources Development Fund Bhd (HRDF)/Ministry of Human Resources.

Even uglier is the MyBeauty website listing of MOTAC secretary-general Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah (Rashidi) as chairman of the so-called beauty tourist platform.

It is awkwardly puzzling that a conceited ‘special entity’ has given the impression that MyBeauty is sanctioned by the government.

MyBeauty’s Website/Facebook

According to MyBeauty’s website/Facebook and other advertising materials:

MyBeauty is a National initiative that aims to transform Malaysia into the Beauty Tourism Hub of the World. Its goal is to achieve this through elevating the nation’s Beauty and Healthcare Industry by bringing in 6 million high-yield beauty tourists by the year 2019, qualifying 1,000 MyBeauty Partner establishments, recruiting premium MyBeauty Vendors and Upskilling 50,000 beauty professionals or MyBeauty Apprentices. These Partners, Vendors and Apprentices will be working within proper government rules guidelines and strictly governed by a highly capable Independent Management Team (IMT) led by the Oriental Mace Group Berhad thus assuring beauty tourists world-class quality products and services.”

Please read HERE.

Statement in MyBeauty website:

MyBeauty’s statement in its website.

“The seal of Trust in beauty industry in Malaysia introduced by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) with the collaboration of Oriental Mace Group Berhad (OM).”

Was MyBeauty Established By MOTAC, TM & HRDF/Ministry Of Human Resources?

MyBeauty’s website stated that it was established by MOTAC, TM & HRDF/Ministry of Human Resources
MyBeauty’s website

The website and Facebook declares MyBeauty was “established” by Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC), TM and HRDF/Ministry of Human Resources.

In every MyBeauty advertising material, website and Facebook, the official logos of MOTAC, Tourism Malaysia and HRDF are prominently featured.

It appears that MyBeauty is a creature of MOTAC, TM and HRDF/Ministry of Human Resources. Is it?

Did the use of the logos of MOTAC, TM and HDRF go through proper channels and get approval before display in public domains?

The Works Of The Little Napoleons

Yours truly believes that this was the doing of a few little napoleons in MOTAC, TM and HDRF because logos of ministries and government agencies have never been used to endorse products or businesses unless they are for government sanctioned programs.

Chairman of MyBeauty

Screenshot of MyBeauty’s website showing MOTAC & TM clear endorsement of MyBeauty.

MOTAC KSU Rashidi appears prominently in the MyBeauty website.  He is the chairman of MyBeauty! He indirectly endorses MyBeauty and all its activities wholesale.  It would also appear that no due diligence had been done on the status of the ‘company” known as Oriental Mace Group Berhad.

Rashidi seems unbothered whether it was proper for him as a civil servant to be chairman of MyBeauty. His position will be discussed in more detail in the next posting.

Advertisement appeared in MyBeauty’s Facebook for its meeting in Penang.
Advertisement appeared in MyBeauty’s Facebook for its meeting in Kuantan, Pahang.
Advertisement appeared in MyBeauty’s Facebook for its meeting in Malacca.
MyBeauty meeting held in MOTAC HQ with MOTAC Secretary General Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah.  Please see the Facebook’s posting below.

Further, Mybeauty’s officials were given special rights to have its recruitment meetings in the meeting room of several MOTAC state offices (Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Penang and etc.

The expenses for the launching of MyBeauty on 23 April 2018 was paid by MOTAC and Oriental Mace Group Berhad.  YB Minister of MOTAC please take note and investigate. If MYBeauty was not sanctioned by MOTAC then Rashidi personally should be surcharged for what MOTAC had paid out to entertain MyBeauty for that occasion.

Co-Chairman of MyBeauty

Professor of Tourism Economic Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew, the co-chairman of MyBeauty

MyBeauty co-chairman is Professor of Economics Tourism Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew, who has a very impressive background. He is not only a famous professor but a very successful businessman.  Before MyBeauty was set up, he was the CEO of Stone Master Corp Bhd from 2014/2015. Stone Master Corp Bhd is mainly involved in the manufacture and trading of marble, granite, ceramic tiles, sanitary wares and related product HERE.

The World’s Renowned and Distinguished Professors Of Malaysian Hospitality College

Penal of World Renown & Distinguished Professors

According to the website of Malaysia Hospitality College (MHC), amongst the other he is one of the world’s renowned and distinguished professors in MHC. He is a Professor of Tourism Economics, Malaysia Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Education. Please read HERE.

MHC Offers Diploma, Degrees & Master Degree Courses

Malaysian Hospitality College offers Diploma, Degree and Master Degree!

By the way Malaysia Hospitality College offers a one-year year Diploma Course, 2-year Degree Course and 2-year Master Degree Course.

With the “world’s renowned and distinguished professor” in MHC, it is just a question of time before MHC will begin conferring doctorate (Phd) in Tourism and Hospitality.  With such a distinct achievement in high level education in hospitality and tourism, the Ministry of Education should consider allowing its logo to be used in all the advertising materials of MHC as in the case of MyBeauty!

Congratulations to Professor of Tourism Economics Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew for your great achievement which no other professor in Asia could surpass. Malaysians should be extremely proud of you as an eminent professor of all seasons.

ORIENTAL MACE GROUP BERHAD & MyBEAUTY

According to the website of MyBeauty, it is being “led” by a public-listed company known as Oriental Mace Group Berhad. It sounded extremely credible. It became more credible when it was published in the website and advertising materials that it has been established by MOTAC, TM & HRDF/Ministry of Human Resources.

The Companies Search Result for Oriental Mace Group Berhad.

However, a check with the Companies Commission of Malaysia shows that Oriental Mace Group Berhad has not been registered.  In law, Oriental Mace Group Berhad is a non-existent company and/or a bogus entity.

The Active Involvement of Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, KSU of MOTAC, With MyBeauty & Oriental Mace Group Bhd

Screenshot of the press release by Tourism Malaysia.

On 23 April, 2018 MyBeauty was launched by none other than the secretary-general of Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Rashidi in the presence of the famous chief executive officer of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), Datuk CM Vignaesvaran a/l Jayandran, Professor – Tourism Economics Dr Wong Kong Yew and other members of the Independent Management Team at Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTIC). This was such a big news item that TM had to issue a new release on the launch of MyBeauty, HERE.

Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei – The Then Chairman of Tourism Malaysia

It must be noted that at that material time, Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei was the then Chairman of TM. He is also the executive Chairman/CEO of public listed companies Ancom Bhd and CEO of Nylex Bhd.

Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei, former TM chairman, current chairman of Ancom Bhd & Nylex Bhd and Ms Elizabeth Ken (both in orange “uniform”) arrested by MACC.
Picture of Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei when he was about to be released by MACC. He was the chairman of TM.

On 9 January 2019 Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei and Ms  Elizabeth Ken were arrested by MACC and remanded by the court order for four days to assist MACC in its investigation into the dubious “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal worth RM99.693 million, HERE.

On 4 April 2018 the dubious ‘Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal was sealed. On 23 April 2018 MyBeauty was launched with logo of TM prominently featured.

Perhaps Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei, as the then chairman of TM, should clarify whether he was aware or had a hand in allowing the TM’s logo to be used to endorse MyBeauty when it was launched on 23 April 2018.

Human Resources Development Fund Bhd (HRDF) / Datuk CM Vignaesvaran a/l Jayandran, then CEO of HRDF

Left: Professor of Tourism Economics Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew  Center:  Datuk Rashidi  Extreme Right: Datuk CM Vagnaesvaran a/l Jayandran. Picture was taken during the launch of MyBeauty on 23-4-2018.
Posting of the launch of MyBeauty on 23-4-2018 posted in MOTAC’s Facebook. It was also posted in MyBeauty’s Facebook,

It must be noted that HDRF/Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd is an agency under Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia.

In June 2018, a scandal erupted over a project involving the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) whose CEO then was Datuk CM Vignaesvaran a/l Jayandran.  He tendered his resignation on 12 June 2018. HERE.

According to the HRDF website, Vignaesvaran was no longer the CEO, HERE.  However, up to this date the MyBeauty website still shows that it has been established by HRDF/Ministry of Human Resources, HERE.

With the undivided support of Rashidi, TM and Datuk CM Vignaesvaran a/l jayandran the so-called “Beauty Tourism Hub of The World” was officially launched at MaTIC, on 23 April 2018.  It was a publicity blitz for MyBeauty.  Bernama quoted 1,000 Beauty Partners to receive RM50,000 MyBeauty matching grant, HERE.

Is it true that the RM50,000 grant was given?  Those who have been promised and received or not received the RM50,000 grant please leave your comments for us to discuss.

Rumour has it that MyBeauty had applied for a grant from MOTAC and the status of which is not known.

MyBeauty Has Been Well Supported By The Two Top MOTAC Officials

Rashidi wasn’t the only top official supportive of MyBeauty. His deputy Secretary General, Dato’ Haslina Abdul Hamid (Haslina) is equally supportive of it too.

Her Excellency Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid, the Deputy Secretary General of MOTAC.

Her Excellency Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid gracing and giving keynote address at MyBeauty’s special conference in Shenzen, China on 17 January 2019.
Front right:  Her Excellency Dato Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid   Front left:  Professor of Tourism Economics Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew.
Her Excellency Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid was a witness to the signing of an an agreement or MOU by the co-chairman of MyBeauty, Professor of Tourism Economics Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew.
Extreme left: Professor of Tourism Economics Dr Wong Kong Yew @ Leong Kong Yew and Her Excellency Dato’ Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid.

On 17 January 2019, which was on a Thursday (a working day), Haslina attended a function, which was associated with MyBeauty, in Shenzen in China. She was addressed as ‘Your Excellency” and given a red carpet treatment at the so-called “2019 Maimei Create Wealth China – Malaysia Friendship Exchange Conference”. “Maimei” is the Mandarin translation of MyBeauty.

Did Her Excellency Dato’ Haslina take leave to attend the said conference in Shenzen? Even if she did, it was still improper for her to attend such conference as the Deputy Secretary General of MOTAC and to be a witness of signing ceremony and etc.  it would appear from the above pictures that Her Excellency Dato Haslina’s attendance gave a clear endorsement of MyBeauty!

Can high ranking government officers be actively involved in a private entity like MyBeauty?

Minister of MOTAC, Minister of Human Resources & MACC To Investigate

In view of this disclosure involving a non-existence company, Oriental Mace Group Berhad, and top government officers, the Minister of MOTAC, Minister of Human Resources and MACC should investigate the above matters.

Stay Tuned – Another explosive article on MOTAC/TM.