[Malaysiakini] Police report lodged on Pempena scandal

20 11 2008

DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang today filed a police report against the Tourism Ministry and state-owned company Pempena Sdn Bhd over a litany of allegations ranging from breach of trust, fraud to abuse of power. 

He made the report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters and appended the PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) summary report on Pempena and its subsidiaries.

Lim also appended an article by The Sun editor R Nadeswaran titled ‘Let them rot in jail’ on the Pempena scandal and the former’s five-page press statement on the matter. 

Speaking to reporters later, Lim said: “I have just heard that Pempena is looking for a fresh injection of RM5 million to keep it afloat. The tourism minister (Azalina Othman Said) must explain the needs for the extra funds.”

“Is it throwing away good money for bad money?” asked Lim, who was accompanied by Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Loon, Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching and Kuching MP Chong Jen Jien.

Pempena is a national tourism development company set up in 1976 by Tourism Malaysia, an agency of the Tourism Ministry. 

Allegations against Pempena first surfaced in a July 2 Malaysiakini report regarding a memorandum by Pempena staff to Azalina, alleging graft and breach of trust by two key figures in the company.

Limited scope

Among others, the allegations stated that the duo had pocketed commissions when refinancing luxury vehicles for a high-end tourist taxi service, approved several lucrative contracts to RM2 companies, overstating the cost of creating an e-tourism portal by about RM5 million; and by passing the Pempena board of directors in ‘investing’ in a restaurant project in Melbourne.

Following this, Azalina revealed in the Dewan Rakyat on July 7 that an internal probe was underway. On Nov 3, she revealed in the Dewan Rakyat that PWC audit had confirmed “questionable” deals by Pempena. 

A summary report of the PWC probe, which was only made public through Lim yesterday, said that as of June 2008, Pempena had invested a total of RM54.5 million in 24 companies, but only four generated profits. 

The report also said that Pempena invested in five non-functional companies and recommended divesting the companies which would result in a loss of approximately RM20 million. 

PWC also notes that the RM18.3 million Executive Taxi Services (Pets) luxury taxi project has so far recorded a loss of up to RM7.8 million.

The report however was only limited to a few matters while other allegations stated in the memorandum by Pempena staff such as the RM10 million e-tourism portal was not mentioned.

Article taken from Malaysiakini.

 


 

【当今大马】林吉祥报警调查Pempena丑闻  促旅游部长交代500万额外援助

民主行动党国会领袖林吉祥今日向警方投报,调查大马旅游局(Tourism Malaysia)旗下的官联公司Pempena私人有限公司是否涉及舞弊、滥权与失信事件。

也是怡保东区国会议员的林吉祥,今午向数名行动党国会议员的陪同下,向吉隆坡金马区警察局报案,在场者包括蕉赖国会议员陈国伟、武吉免登国会议员方贵伦、沙登国会议员张念群和古晋国会议员张健仁。

附上普华永道稽查报告

他也在报案书中附上一份普华永道会计公司(Pricewaterhouse Coopers)对Pempena所展开的稽查报告摘要。

此外,林吉祥也附上一篇由《太阳报》编辑纳德斯瓦南(R Nadeswaran)所撰写的“Let them rot in jail’”文章,以及Pempena所发表的5页长文告。

正寻求500万额外财援?

林吉祥较后告诉记者,他收到消息指Pempena正在寻求一笔500万令吉的援助,以便挽救这间公司。

“旅游部长阿莎丽娜必须对这笔额外款项做出解释。”

稽查报告揭发疑点重重

林吉祥昨日在国会也公布一份,由旅游部长阿莎丽娜交给他的普华永道会计公司稽查报告摘要,揭露Pempena私人有限公司,在过去3年的5440万令吉投资,不仅亏损连连而且疑点重重。

报告摘要发现,Pempena动用公款投资的24家公司,竟然只有4家获利。报告更建议Pempena立即撤回其中5家公司的投资,不过却将蒙受2000万令吉的亏损。

报告也指出,Pempena竟然没有任何明文政策与程序,来管理该公司的投资活动,包括评估投资伙伴的背景、资格与相关经验。

《当今大马》在今年7月独家报道Pempena出现贪污舞弊疑案,这项课题在国会内引爆,反对党议员纷纷要求旅游部解释。阿莎丽娜于是宣布委任普华永道,重新稽查所有Pempena在过去的投资决定,是否符合该旅游部的方针。

不过,这些疑案都是在前任旅游部长东姑安南领导期间发生,阿莎丽娜是在3月8日的大选后才接任此职。

文章转载自《当今大马》

 


 

【星洲日报】林吉祥警局报案 ‧ 要求查Pempena是否失信


林吉祥(左3)在行动党国会议员的陪同下,前往警局报案;左起:蕉赖区国会议员陈国伟、武吉免登区国会议员方贵伦;右起:古晋区国会议员张健仁、沙登区国会议员张念群及大山脚区国会议员章瑛。

(吉隆坡)行动党国会领袖林吉祥今日(周三,11月19日)正式前往金马警区总部报案,要求警方调查旅游部子公司Pempena公司是否涉及刑事失信。

林吉祥也对记者说,他收到相关消息,指Pempena目前正向政府寻求500万令吉的援助,以拯救这间公司。

“这笔援助金究竟是何目的?我希望旅游部长拿督斯里阿莎丽娜能够就此事做出解释。”

林吉祥週叁下午12时在数名行动党国会议员的陪同下前往报案,他的报案书内容主要是针对旅游部与Pempena公司涉嫌刑事失信及滥权行为。

询及Pempena执行董事拿汀巴杜卡周美芬将召开新闻发佈会回应相关的指责,他回应说,就让周美芬自行做出解释。

林吉祥周二(11月18日)揭露,根据普华古柏(PricewaterHouse Coopers)对大马旅游部子公司Pempena公司进行的稽查,这间公司在其中5家公司投资的累积亏损,截至今年6月已高达2000万令吉。

另外,他也对阿莎丽娜针对Pempena以高薪聘请周美芬为这间公司执行董事的解释感到不满。

新闻转载自《星洲日报》


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