'Speedy Gonzales' deal: CEO, ex-Tourism M'sia official in court as MACC seeks remand


PUTRAJAYA: A former top official of Tourism Malaysia and a chief executive officer of a private firm were brought to the magistrate's court here by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to be remanded.

The 64-year-old top official and the 32-year-old woman CEO were arrested on Tuesday over allegations of involvement in a questionable RM99.693mil project.

MACC officials brought the two in separate cars to the Putrajaya court complex at 9am Wednesday (Jan 9).

The two were clad in the orange MACC lock-up garb and both covered their faces from the press.

The contract, which was allegedly inked in a day, infamously known as the "Speedy Gonzales" deal, was done about a month before the general election last year.

The contract was for the firm to act as a go-between for Tourism Malaysia and a China-based firm to promote Malaysia on social media.

The deal was said to be done against Tourism Malaysia's procurement regulations and done hastily without due diligence.

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Tourism Malaysia , MACC , Crime