Tourism M'sia's 'Speedy Gonzales' deal reeks of the old culture

Opinion  |  R Nadeswaran
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COMMENT | Wee Choo Keong, who was once termed a ‘maverick politician’, had a colourful career in politics. He moved from one opposition party to another before he found favour with the government.

Wee was then made chairperson of the Malaysia Tourism Board (MTB) in July 2015. However, his two-year term was not extended and businessperson Siew Kar Wai took his place.

From a series of postings on his blog, Wee seems to still be glued to what is happening in Tourism Malaysia and has a few ‘whistleblowers’ within. He has made a series of revelations that were supported with documents.

I too have closely monitored Tourism Malaysia over the years. Two chapters in my book, Curi Curi Malaysia, are dedicated to issues affecting the agency under the purview of the ministry helmed by Azalina Othman Said at the time, and later by Dr Ng Yen Yen.

I have also exposed a series of wrongdoings in the MTB and its affiliated companies through my columns.

Therefore, Wee’s exposé on a how the board allegedly entered into a “Speedy Gonzales” contract with Geeko Tech Sdn Bhd – with a payment of RM99.7 million made to the company in a matter of days, and not in accordance with government regulations – makes compelling reading.

Wee alleges that Geeko Tech acted as a go-between for Tourism Malaysia and China’s Tencent Holdings – where the company would promote Malaysia on Tencent’s social media platforms...

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