Malaysiakini has reported today that Malaysians are faced with another scandal in the Tourism Ministry.
It is learned that two senior officials of a government-linked company have been implicated in a series of scams that have allegedly diverted millions of ringgit in tourism-development funds into private pockets.
The duo are key figures in Pempena Sdn Bhd, or the national tourism development company, which was set up in 1976 by Tourism Malaysia, an agency of the Tourism Ministry.
It has been revealed that they have:
pocketed commissions when refinancing luxury vehicles for a high-end tourist taxi service;
approved several contracts to RM2 companies supplying services for tourism-based projects;
over-stated the cost of creating an e-tourism portal by about RM5 million; and
bypassed the Pempena board of directors in ‘investing’ in a restaurant project in Melbourne.
Its reported that dissatisfied staff-members of Pempena had submitted a Memorandum dated March 24 to current Tourism Minister Dato Sri Azalina Othman, but no response have been received so far.
The Memorandum named Accountant Lim Khing Tai and Senior Business Development Manager Raja Norsan Raja Nasron as the main culprits behind the alleged scams.
It also revealed that Chief Executive Officer Razali Mohd Daud, who is also Deputy Director-General of Tourism Malaysia's promotions department, had done nothing despite having received the complaints.
SCANDALS...AFTER SCANDAL......WHO CARES....DUIT RAKYAT SAHAJA YANG HILANG. THIS SHOW HOW INCOMPETENT AND USELESS OUR BARISAN NASIONAL GOVERNMENT IS.
news n photo courtesy of Malaysiakini