Friday, June 19, 2009


Three ministries of awarding local projects and contracts to two Taiwanese nationals.

Wee Choo Keong (PKR — Wangsa Maju) claimed that the two were close associates of certain politicians and that they had even obtained Malaysian identity cards. The two, he further alleged, had also been involved in the setting up of many Malaysian companies with local nominees as their main shareholders or directors. One company had been formed to issue invoices alone for the income gained from their businesses, he added. Wee said these nominee companies had been used by the two individuals as a front to avoid having to pay taxes to the Internal Revenue Board (IRB).

“The two had successfully formed Daro Worldwide Sdn Bhd, which won a direct contract and was given RM3.8mil to operate a call centre for the Tourism Ministry. “The invoices from the company’s activities had been sent to a bank account in Hong Kong. “The IRB should investigate this matter and find out if the company had paid taxes,” he said when debating the Internal Revenue Board of Malaysia (Amendment) Bill 2008. Wee said another company Venturepharm Sdn Bhd had been used by one of the two Taiwanese to obtain projects from the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.

“Venturepharm had been given a RM5.6mil biofeed project despite it not having any expertise in research work in biofeed programmes,” he added. Wee said the two had also formed a company to handle a contract related to mobile clinics from the Health Ministry. -

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