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.

Unmasked – key players of the shady “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal

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

Updates at 9 pm on 15-01-2019:  Today Puan Siti Nor Binti Minu, Setiausaha Bahagian Kewangan of MOTAC, was summoned to MACC to give statement for more than 6 hours.  Soon Puan Azleen Binti Mat Zip, Director of Finance Tourism Malaysia, will also be summoned by MACC to give statement too. She should explain how TM could operate in deficit to a tune of few hundred million Ringgit.  She should also hand over the TM payment voucher with the signature of one high ranking officer of TM, who collected the cheque in the sum of RM11,960,160.00 (first payment) on behalf of Geeko! 

This particular high ranking officer must be a very kind hearted man indeed!!

Stay tuned.

Updates at 10:00 pm on 11-01-2019: 

Dato’ Siew Ka Wei and Ms Elizabeth Ken are due to be released between 8:30 am – 9 pm tomorrow morning. Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah will be back to MACC HQ for questioning. He will bring along Puan Nora, the legal advisor of TM to accompany him. 

Updates at 12:30 pm on 11-01-2019:

Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah, KSU of MOTAC, has been summoned to MACC HQ this morning. Datuk Mirza the former DG and the person who signed the “Speedy Gonzales” contract will resume to give his statement today.  Dato’ Siew Ka Wei was a powerful corporate figure before 14th GE. His many outfits have been awarded exclusive contracts from Petronas, MRT, MAHB and others. The Malay Mail’s editor-in-chief, Datuk Wong Sai Wan, is a director of Siew’s outfits. Malay Mail is connected to Redberry Media Group.  Stay tuned.

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If the government procurement policy is followed, the rakyat would have been spared from witnessing the famous and powerful Dato’ Siew Ka Wei and Ms Elizabeth Ken Tzu Ying (Elizabeth Ken) in the orange uniform.

Under the government procurement policy, it is mandatory for all companies to be registered with Ministry of Finance (MOF) before doing any business with any ministries or agencies.  In the case of the scandalous “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko direct nego contract worth RM99.693 million with Tourism Malaysia (TM), TM chose not to adhere to the mandatory requirement of MOF.

The Glaring Events:

On 6 November 2017 Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd (Geeko) was incorporated. One of its shareholders is Koperasi Kakitangan Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Malaysia Berhad (KOPEMA). KOPEMA’s president is Datuk Musa Yusuf (Musa) and deputy president is Datuk Ammar (Ammar). Musa is the newly appointed DG of TM, HERE.

At the material time, Musa was known to be one of the active promoters of the shady Geeko deal. Musa knew or ought top have known in November 2017 or even earlier that Geeko was the “Special Purpose Vehicle” for someone and he was one of the main facilitators.

On 4 April, 2018, at 11:45 am, Lembaga Perolehan ‘A” (Lembaga) of Ministry of Tourism and Cultures (MOTAC) chaired by Datuk Rashidi Bin Hasbullah (Rashidi), KSU, attended by Datuk Mirza Mohamed Taiyap (Mirza), the recently retired DG, and two others. It approved the shady Geeko deal. At that material time, TM did not have the fund for the Geeko deal.

It must be noted that 2016/2017 TM already entered into a contract with Kraken Interactive Sdn Bhd (Kraken) to provide TM with digital marketing platform. The little napoleons in TM happily paid RM40 million to Kraken for producing apps and some advertising without question. Of course, one of the director of Kraken is none other than Raja Firdaus, a close family friend of Datuk Ammar. According to the Lembaga minutes of 4 April, thereuswas no reference made about TM had already signed an agreement and paid Kraken to do digital marketing platform for TM. For full details of the Kraken’s deal and the questionable relationship between Raja Firdaus and Ammar, please read HERE. This Raja Firdaus is well connected in MOTAC and TM.

It was clear that the said Lembaga meeting was just to meet the requirement on paper. No more no less.

On 4 April, 2018, the Geeko deal was evaluated and negotiated. The agreement was prepared and signed on the same day. Mirza signed on behalf of TM and Elizabeth Ken for Geeko.

The shady “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko Contract dated 4 April 2018.
Certificate of Registration of GEEKO with MOF dated 6 April 2018.

On 6 April, 2018, Geeko was registered with MOF, two days after the signing of the said “Speed Gonzales” Geeko agreement.

Therefore, on 4 April, 2018 the Lembaga met and approved the shady deal, and Mirza signed the said “Speedy Gonzales” agreement, at that material time Geeko was not registered with MOF. Under such circumstances, the Lembaga and TM should not have dealt with Geeko let alone proceed to approve the shady “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal and proceeded to sign the said agreement on 4 April, 2018.

On 23-4-2018 Geeko submitted a claim for RM11,963,160.00 to TM.

On 27-4-2018 Datuk Seri Khani Bin Daud (Khani), the deputy DG (Promotion) of TM, approved the claim for payment. This payment should not have been approved because on 4 April 2018 Geeko was not registered with MOF.

Prior to May 9, 2019 (polling day for 14th GE) TM made the full payment of the RM11,963,160.00 to Geeko. This payment was approved and paid unusually fast by the standard of TM. The speed in which this payment was made was unprecedented.  The cheque for the said sum of RM11,963,160.00 was also collected on behalf of Geeko by one of the top officials of TM. Guess who?

For documentary proof to support the chronology of events for the shady Geeko deal, please click HERE.

TM Has Been Operating Under Deficit For Years

To digress a little, from 2017 to now TM has been operating under a deficit.  As of this date, the deficit stands at about RM130 million.  Auditor General already uncovered this deficit and instructed TM to resolve it. Until now TM has yet to resolve because it has no money to pay its debtors. But it managed to squeeze from somewhere in TM or MOTAC to pay the RM11,963,160.00 to Geeko.

Why The Shady Geeko Deal Was Not Terminated??

It seemed that MOF had instructed MOTAC and/or TM not to make further payment to Geeko and to terminate the shady Geeko deal.  However, until now, MOTAC and/or TM have not taken step to terminate the shady RM99.693 million Geeko deal.  See how powerful these little napoleons in MOTAC and TM.

The Main Players:

left: Dato Siew Ka Wei, 2nd left; YB Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, the then Minister of MOTAC & 3rd left: Datuk Mirza , the then DG of TM. This picture was taken in the afternoon of 4 April 2018 during the launching of Smart Tourism 4.0 in connection with Geeko at Istana hotel.
Left: Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, KSU Kementerian Pelancongan & Kebudayaan. Picture taken during the 14th GE campaign.

Rshidi, Mirza and Khani must be held accountable because from day one (4 April 2018) TM should NOT have dealt with Geeko let alone signed the said agreement and made payment.

Musa being the president of KOPEMA knew or ought to have known about the “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal when KOPEMA became the shareholder of Geeko in November 2017. Musa was also part of the top management of TM.

Mirza has been called up and interviewed by MACC for the past three days.

The Relationship Between Datuk Siew Ka Wei & Elizabeth Ken

Elizabeth Ken is the CEO and shareholder of Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd. She is also the media specialist of Redberry Media Group.
Left: Tan Sri Mohamed Al Amin. Right: Dato Siew Ka Wei. These are the two powerful corporate figures before 14th GE.

At the material time Datuk Siew Ka Wei was the chairman of TM, executive chairman of Ancom Bhd and managing director/CEO of Redberry Media Group (Redberry).

Elizabeth Ken is the media specialist of Redberry, CEO and shareholder of Geeko.

Cronyism?

On 8 January 2019 both Siew and Elizabeth were arrested and detained by MACC.  On 9 January 2019, MACC obtained an order from the Putrajaya Magistrate Court to remand both of them for four days until 12 January 2019 to assist MACC in its investigation into the shady “Speedy Gonzales” Geeko deal. Star reported today:  “MACC Looking At Cronyism Angle”.

The Minister of MOTAC and Auditor General must step in to also investigate how could TM operate on a deficit of more than RM100 million from 2017 until now.  All government agencies were supposed to operate on an approved budget but not for TM. TM must be a special specie. Hence it has been embroiled with scandals after scandals.

The shady ‘Speedy Gonzales” Geeeko deal could not have been sealed by just two persons namely Mirza and Elizabeth Ken, both of whom were the two signatories to the said agreement.  MACC should also interview Rashidi, Khani, Musa and Ammar, the other main players. The reason being that Rashidi, Mirza, Khani, Musa and Ammar, are in the top management of MOTAC or TM. They knew very well of the mandatory requirement of registration of a company with MOF before dealing with it. But they chose to ignore the mandatory requirement.

The officers in Redberry should also be interviewed in order to get to the bottom of this shady ‘Speedy Gonzales” deal because of the direct relationship of Elizabeth Ken with Redberry and Geeko.

MACC Should Re-Visit The Case Connected To a “Datuk Seri” In TM

In September 2016 MACC raided Tourism Malaysia HQ. MACC officers was there for 4 days.

Just to recap.  On 22 September 2016 MACC raided TM, carted away documents in connection with purchase of flight tickets that were made from a travel agent, which belonged to the relative of the “Datuk Seri”. MACC investigated this matter and it went quiet until today. For more detail of this case, please read HERE.  MACC may want to re-visit this glaring case, which was abruptly closed.

Stay tuned