back in 2013 i developed a comprehensive green tech programme proposal for rail infrastructure, targeted to improve the country existing LRT network. the proposal eventually led me having to deal with a group of individuals nicknamed the lanun of MOF..
returning home after 13yrs living abroad meant, i had to start fresh. i left for aus in 96 as a 19yo teenager, and i came home as a 33yo man...
my intention was to always return back home to msia and to contribute back in any way that i can in the dev of msia..
i remembered having a fellow msia phd student who was close to peter chin at the time and feeding him with a lot of info on GT..
if i were business man i could have become rich back then.
but no. my intention returning home was to contribute in building the nation.
by 2013, we did not just have local graduates working for us, we had interns coming all the way from french reunion island wanting to learn from us.
and i ran this operation from a small 1,700sqft second floor office in lembah subang.
no govt funding. no corp csr funding. all came from projects that we bid fairly from the private sector.
all these SD prof can then be exported world wide as talents..they can develop various GT products, k-based materials...the sky is the limit.
but no one was willing to give me that opportunity. friends and family that was in the position to help did not help. i was desperate.
i knew back then that all these IR 4.0 and disruptive tech is just waiting to dominate, and SD & GT will play a big role in this for the betterment of the msia and its ppl.
S then introduced me to E. E is a lady that according to S has some connection within prasarana that can help.
E then informed us tht we shud submit the proposal to rapidKL. pride does x handle rail & ws the wrong subsidiary.
she told us to be prepared for kickbacks and other "requests" as these ppl "makan besar"..
to do business with the former govt will not be easy as there will be kickbacks and negotiations will be done thru gatekeepers..
so i informed E that i am willing and comitted to take this to the end.
the stories and tales that came out from DZ was unbelievable to say tue least.
mtg with DZ was positive. he said he can help. but it wont be cheap as lobbying will come at a cost. and for my project, we will have to deal with MOF Inc.
org MOF makan besar DZ said but not to worry. the project will happen.
the individual in MOF Inc? the now TKSP for investment DrIH. he was then THE person in charge of MOF Inc.
i was to meet IH but first...the detailed proposal.
i ws given a proposal as a ref. it ws a paper for a concession project worth hundred of millions tht ws approved in 2wks upon submission.
shortly after, DZ informed me that IH have seen the paper and was happy with it..
& the time has come to take it up a notch and make him happier. i ws informed to standby.
how to contribute i asked.
12k was the answer.
what do i get from it.
u will get an audience with IH.
i was already this far. so i said yes.
i asked AS, DZ assistant..how its being done.
i ws told..we have a system..mmg dh lama buat..dont worry..we also do cash distribution for GE so we know what we are doing..
checked with my umno connections, checked with ppl that have dealt with IH in tue govt...everything came back as positive..
and DZ is one of the few ppl that he trusted to broker deals...so ive got to deal with DZ as well. no choice.
the 12k? cash.
and during the mtg he was casual, made jokes amd pleasant.
his reputation from ppl that hv dealt with him was far from that. very grumpy guy.
at one point i tried to cut in and state a point but was immediately asked to keep quiet.
it seems, only DZ talks to IH and no one else...
"ini la company yg sponsor trip golf"
IH gaveus a big smile and told us...
"oh bagus...jgn risau...selalu kalau kita buat benda dgn DZ ni memang akan jadi punya..."
he told me that the 12k ws just the appetizer...the real lobbying starts from there on...
first phase involves audit and obtaining baseline figures for all stations...
the programme covered all aspect of GT from EE, IEQ, WE etc...
since he hs vested interest he will also put in rm200k of his $.
bt of course i never saw the rm200k frm his side & later ws informed he x put any $ at all.
by this point we were too deep in the project already. all the initial work requests to prepare for the project forced us to hire more ppl and contractors etc.
i was so nervous i had to hire two body guard escorts to take me from usj to the drop of at hilton pj...
in case if you ask how much i paid for the two body guards for the short trip?
total rm400. so next time if u decide to hire one. u know the rates.
i asked him again how this will work. he told me not to worry. he will meet the other party runner at putrajaya..
specific project emails were created and all documents were printed in triplicates and filed accordingly.
put it simply, our doc control was good.
i recommended one of my niece, HA. DZ requested for a mtg. what happened during the mtg was mind boggling..
"you are doing the GS project" asked DZ.
"yes...we are representing the banks"... said HA.
"pening kepala...agreement semua tak siap...tp.."
apparently GS is a balck ops project involving an oseas investor dev a project in langkawi.
no local partner. promised to put in money but just lips service..
who was in ukas? u guessed it...IH. the lanun team at its finest.
this is no small project. we are talking in hundreds of million..
"anyone who is doing GS project...definitely we can absorb to do this project..."
"if everything goes well, we will make LA as chairman of your firm. so nanti senang to get more jobs". tht was DZ masterplan.
i met LA several more times during the course of the project.
one time was over dinner in MO. of course AS told me tht DZ expects that i pay fr dinner.
dinner ws in a private room. attended by one more senior guy.
i've heard of umno putra companies before. several family members tht i know belongs to such companies.
didnt expect my own company is going to be turned into one..
i attended the mtg with DZ, AS and SM.
and so SM got the nasi lemak and we all met in MOF. morning mtg.
big office. even got a dining table. eventually we all sat and had the nasi lemak breakfast. in his office. at the dining table.
DZ even told IH that we hv fulfilled the "requirement" that was set for us. IH smiled and nodded.
after breakfast IH took out his mobile and made a phone call...
(shortly after he ws transferred to MRT. ws told tht RM ws not happy with the then CEO of MRT corp. too straight).
DSSM was told to instruct rapidKL CEO to not interfere with the project & provide all the assistance tht we need.
IH then told us..."bila jadi bapak ni..senang sikit ckp dgn anak.."
i assumed he ws implying that MOF Inc as the bapak and Prasarana as the anak...
he needs to be in the loop.
DZ told him that we need a monthly drawdown as a lot of things needs to he paid..
either the drawdown comes from MOFInc thru "special" off balance sheet budget allocated.. or
IH nodded. DZ told us that he will hv a private discussion on this with IH.
but again not to worry as everything is under control..
financially the company ws bleeding as this ws the biggest job we had done so far and needed funds to sustain the project operational costs.
we had to resort in borrowings..
DZ ws a very hard man to catch as he will be jetsetting ard th world fixing deals wth everyone.
arrangment of hotels in london. WC tickets in brazil.
everytime we ate, say a pax of 5..he will order for a pax of 20. always excessive.
and most importantly always paid in cash.
& the deals tht he makes, his lifestyle...is straight from a hollywood mov.
some of th stories he told us, it ws so bizzare tht i tell friends even to this day.
as u wud expect...the whos who was there...celebs...sportsmen...politicians...u name it. his connection was everywhere...
he had a highway concession project deal that he had to close akd several other projects that he needed to troubleshoot for several tycoons.
of course...my project had to wait.
only way to get fast cash was thru commercial banks. they offered no collateral term loans.
we did not resorted to loan sharks...
the pressure was intense. we could not fail.
the solar peoject was an animal on its own...another story for another day..
we got news that DZ came back but his situation was not good. in fact it was critical. he was in a verge of dying..
its not that he wanted to come back in nov14...he had to. no choice. his blood sugar level was insanely high.
and he was in critical condn.
he apologised to us...asking us to be patient and let him recover.
at that point i just felt like kicking him in the face there and then.
but he is no good dead..need him to finish off what he started..
"byk nya duit org tua ni..main kat TPC"... i told myself. well maybe someone sponsored the club membership for him i assumed..
& throughout this episode, this are th kind of things tht frustrates me..
throughout my circle..i ws connected to family members & friends...all within th circle of power..
in other words...semua nak makan sorang. no sharing is caring for these ppl..
he asked me on the project to which i updated him..also updated him on DZ.
he also told me to cont with the project and finish it off...
i just nodded and we said our goodbyes...
this was the last time i saw of IH...
our contractors pulled their hand brakes & backed off. & with this all th data for most of the stations..
they were demanding for their payment..
we are also waiting for our payment..
by december14 we literally ran out of cash. office staff started to resign knowing that we might not survive into the new year..
internally we were a mess...i was witnessing 5yrs worth of hardwork going down the drain right in front of my eyes...
had international links..we invested in our branding...& by dec14 we were finalising our iso9000+.
the first SD and GT service based company to achieve that feat in msia if we cud pull it off..
we tried going into teraju & all other govt agencies thatvwas suppose to help us...
all had their gate keepers and cover charges...
meaning dealing with other DZ & IH from other agencies & ministries..
rapidKL told to submit our report in which we did..
we were then told to standby as we will be called for a presentation probably by mid feb15..
then a series of events happened that nailed the coffin shut for us...
but that was not all...
and because of this everything stopped...
we were not allowed to come into contact with MOF Inc as that was where the centre of activity is at..
that was the main reason for the internal reshuffling in Prasarana...
but that was not all...
he was promoted to tksp...
this was the biggest f*cked up for the project and pretty much sealed our fate...
new change in mgmt means all the new heads refuse to acknowledge what was done by us...
and all the old heads just wiped their hands cleans and moved on with things in their new position..
mixed emotions...angry, sad..
when everyone left...i just had to pick up the pieces...whatever that was left and tried to move on..
2015 was a bad year...very bad year.
we spent apr till june sending reminders after reminders without any success..
most wont assist without any payment upfront..which we declined...but this was after wasting time in mtgs and prep docs for submission..
others just simply told me to go back to aus...as someone who is educated and ambitious will never have a place in msia as long as UMNO/BN is in power as i will always be seen as a threat..
maybe i will share them in a separate thread...
my lanun MOF story is just one of many experience that i hv encountered during my decade returning to msia...
and i can tell u..theres a lot of conman in msia..professional ones too..
i know this because i met with the ceo in 2016 and shared this with her.
i even volunteered to assist to set up such a programme if resources is a problem. they do not have to pay me.
even after follow ups..
i still remember the ceo telling me...
"we treat all our talents like starfish washed up a shore...we make sure that we put every single one back into the sea"...
back into the sea my a**..
i just want to end this thread by thanking everyone that have read it. ive read every single comment. even the nasty ones. i am okay with what everyone thinks of me..
its a game that we play as entrepreneurs and the risks that we take...definitely not for the faint hearted..
whatever that has happen in the past lets just keep it in the past.
time for a new beginning...
end of thread.