Related Party Transactions (RPT's) have a very bad name in Malaysia, but RPT's during economic crisis are even worse and this deal was no exception. An amount of more than RM 800 million cold hard cash from a Malaysian company was used to acquire a minority part of a much overvalued Singaporean company. The circular was as usual of very low quality, leaving out lots of important (and even essential) information, the valuation of the fleet was suspect (the valuer didn't support his own valuation anymore), the "independent" advice from KPMG was even worse. The Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MWSG) didn't want to fight this case for unknown reasons, very disappointing.
Subscribe to Asia Sentinel to keep reading this post and get 7 days of free access to the full post archives.