Tan turns whistleblower as Tanjung Offshore allegations escalate

Kuala Lumpur: In the ongoing tit-for-tat over allegations of corruption at Tanjung Offshore, one of the accused has hit back at his detractors.

Tan Kean Soon, a non-independent director at Tanjung Offshore, has told the Securities Commission (SC) about his views on irregularities conducted by certain company officials, local media source Free Malaysia Today reported. Tan has called the SC to pursue an in-depth investigation into the alleged commercial transgressions.

At the same time, Tan requested protection under the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, which provides protection to any party coming up with disclosures of wrongdoing in any organisation, corporation or business venture.

Tan allegedly cited a number of examples where Tanjung Offshore had made incorrect investments including an aborted OSV venture. He also gave a list of names of people he suspected had taken large management fees from the listed offshore company.

Tan and two other company officials, Muhammad Sabri Abdul Ghani and Datuk Harzani Azmi, were suspended from the company over financial irregularities, specifically pertaining to the failed bid to take over Bourbon Offshore Asia Pacific, something Tan has denied.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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