Syed Saddiq urged to explain meeting with ‘e-sports’ company
This article has been updated with a response from the youth and sports minister.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has been urged to respond to allegations about the rationale for receiving a delegation from purported e-sports company Cleo International Sdn Bhd.
In a statement today, Federal Territories PKR Youth deputy secretary Juliyus Allen alleged the company does not have a track record in the industry.
He also alleged that Cleo International’s founder was a member of Syed Saddiq’s party.
“A minister meeting a company which is less than a week old raises questions on the criteria for a business to seek co-operation with the government.
“Moreover, the Companies Commission records showed that the company was offering transport and logistic services,” said Allen.
According to a report by Malay Mail, Cleo International was called Mideast Peak Sdn Bhd up until Oct 16. Mideast Peak was incorporated on December 2016.
Allen also alleged that the company’s owner, Nur Fathiah Syazwana Shaharuddin, was a member of Bersatu’s Segambut division. Syed Saddiq is Bersatu’s youth wing head.
“This situation will lead to negative perception on the ministry and is in conflict with Pakatan Harapan’s ideology,” he said.
Allen said Nur Fathiah had wrote about her entry into Bersatu on her Instagram account, in which she posted a photographer of herself thanking “Kak Nikki” for the “warm welcome to Bersatu Segambut”.
The Instagram post also included a photograph of Nurthiah with Sharifah Zohra Jabeen, who was the central figure in the “Listen, listen, listen” incident back in December 2012.
That Instagram post is no longer accessible.
In an immediate response, Syed Saddiq wrote on Twitter that the meeting did not result in the handing out of contracts or grants to Cleo International.
Integrity is the key,” he wrote.
However, Syed Saddiq did not address Allen’s allegation regarding Cleo International’s relevance to the e-sports industry and whether the founder of the company was a Bersatu member.
Syed Saddiq✔ @SyedSaddiq
I have said this before & i’ll say it again.
1)No contracts were discussed nor were there any handing out of grants. SOP must be followed. Integrity is key!
2)We have not chosen anyone as our strategic partner as alleged.
3)It was a group meeting together with ORANGE eSports https://twitter.com/zurairi/status/1187684083876257792 …Zurairi A.R.
✔ @zurairiReplying to @zurairi
What criteria did Cleo International meet to be granted meeting? FT PKR Youth asks @SyedSaddiq https://buff.ly/2BGACZl
“KBS should be more discerning when choosing a strategic partner to implement govt initiatives as it involves millions of RM in hardworking taxpayers’ money.”
E-sports society slams Syed Saddiq over snub, after minister’s meet with Cleo International