Tourism Malaysia confirms MACC visit

PETALING JAYA: Tourism Malaysia confirmed that it received a visit from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers on June 6.

Its chairman Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei assured that Tourism Malaysia gave full cooperation and is looking forward to the results of their findings, according to a statement issued on Friday (June 8).

An online news portal had previously quoted Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab as confirming that several MACC officers had conducted an “inquiry” at the Tourism Malaysia office in Putrajaya on June 6.

On May 31, former Tourism Malaysia chairman Wee Choo Keong had raised questions over a RM99mil deal between a local company and Tourism Malaysia, which he claims was inked in just one day.

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The contract in question involved the local company acting as a go-between for Tourism Malaysia and a China-based firm to promote Malaysia on social media platforms.

Dr Siew  made further clarifications on the Smart Tourism project in response to media reports about the issue, adding that the official company name of “Geeko” is Geeko Tech Sdn. Bhd.

“Geeko Tech is not a special purpose vehicle chosen by Tencent, but a collaboration partner of Tencent and has legal binding documents for it.

“The contracts signed by all parties for the Smart Tourism project have mutual termination clauses applicable by both sides on certain conditions,” the statement clarified.

The statement also said Tourism Malaysia would leave it to the respective authorities to handle the matter and refrain from making further comments on the issue. – thestar.com.my

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