Pempena Sdn Bhd is a company wholly owned by Tourism Malaysia and has a positive cash position of over RM62 million when Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik left the Ministry more than 10 years ago.
A new team of managers and entrepreneurs took over and was directly under the command of the Tourism Minister. Nothing happens unless he or she says so.
Datuk Mirza then became the Director General and actually had nothing to do with the day to day running of the business. However his signature was on every single check of Pempena being a director of the company and was available every single day of the year.
Can he not sign the checks when they are piling on his table and the Minister’s men are already waiting outside his door to collect them. Being a new kid on the block he just did what a good civil servant will do. Sign them.
When Pempena businesses went down the drain and issues were raised in parliament, the Minister at that time lied about Pempena in parliament. Parliamentarians were extremely unhappy and the local newspaers had a field day.
MACC went into action and obviously got the wrong guys. Datuk Mirza and Rosli Selamat ” sudah selamat”. But are they really off the hook?