9 January 2019
Magistrate Irza Zulaika Rohanuddin ordered their remand until January 12.
Four day remand for ex-Tourism M’sia official, CEO in ‘Speedy Gonzales’ deal
PUTRAJAYA: A former top official of Tourism Malaysia and a chief executive officer of a private firm have been remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for four days over a RM99mil corruption case.
Magistrate Irza Zulaika Rohanuddin allowed the 64-year-old man, who has a datuk title, and a 32-year-old woman CEO, to be remand eduntil Jan 12.
The two are being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act for abuse of power.
MACC officials brought the two in separate cars to the Putrajaya court complex at 9am on Wednesday (Jan 9).
The two were clad in the orange MACC lock-up garb and both covered their faces from the swarming press.
PETALING JAYA: A 32-year-old chief executive officer (CEO) of a Sdn Bhd company was arrested to assist investigations into the RM99.693mil Tourism Malaysia project.
It is learnt that she was arrested together with a former top official of Tourism Malaysia after they were questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya on Tuesday (Jan 8).
Sources said that the company was only five months old when it was awarded the contract, which was allegedly inked in a day, infamously known as the “speedy gonzales” deal, which was done about a month before the general election last year.
The contract was for the company to act as a go-between for Tourism Malaysia and a China-based firm to promote Malaysia on social media.
The company in question is based in a two-and-a-half storey terrace house in Petaling Jaya.
The controversy was first highlighted last May by former Tourism Malaysia chairman Wee Choo Keong in his blog.
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8 January 2019
PETALING JAYA: A former top officer of Tourism Malaysia with the “Datuk” title was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) tonight, sources confirmed.
This is to facilitate investigations into a Tourism Malaysia issue, they told FMT.
The detention was under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009, which relates to using one’s office for gratification.
MACC is expected to apply for the remand of the man at the Putrajaya magistrate’s court tomorrow.
The man is said to be a well-known businessman.
In June last year, MACC had visited the tourism and culture ministry over what was believed to be a contract signed between 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” following some media reports.
On June 1, former Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong had called on the authorities to look into a promotional contract between Tourism Malaysia and a local company, claiming it had been given under “dubious” circumstances.
He had claimed that a meeting on the RM99 million directly-negotiated deal, as well as the approval and signing of the agreement, had taken place within a single day.
However, Mirza had refuted Wee’s allegations.
It is not known whether today’s arrest has anything to do with this case.
Former Tourism Malaysia top official arrested
Tuesday, 8 Jan 2019
PUTRAJAYA: A former top official of Tourism Malaysia has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Sources said the official was summoned on Tuesday (Jan 8) to have his statement recorded.
Several hours into his questioning, the individual was arrested.
He is expected to be remanded on Wednesday (Jan 9).
However, it is not immediately known why the individual was summoned, and over which case.
Top officials from MACC were tight-lipped when asked about the matter.
“Wait for tomorrow, we will let you know,” said a source when contacted.
The individual is believed to have held a top position in Tourism Malaysia.