TVI wins Indonesian International Good Company Award
Despite being banned or under investigation in the US, Australia, China and parts of Africa, some countries seem to be happy to allow TVI to conduct business within their borders.
Some are even actively encouraging TVI Express to flourish. Take Indonesia for example who recently awarded TVI an ‘International Good Company Award. Apparently it was for TVI’s ‘best service excellence for year 2010-2011‘, but I haven’t been able to track down any independent information (in English or Indonesian) about this award or the ceremony, so who knows.
TVI are claiming the award is ‘one of the most prestigious business awards‘ in Indonesia and that it was presented to them by ‘Sjarifuddin Hasan, the Indonesian minister of cooperatives and small & medium enterprises‘, so you’d think there’d be at least some government or media coverage. Maybe I’m not trying hard enough but I’ve personally yet to see any.
Even the company supposedly organising the award ceremony, International Achievement Foundation, doesn’t appear to have any kind of web presence in English or Indonesian. I couldn’t find anything further about them as an organisation.
As such details about the nominations process, selection and eligibility criteria of the awards remain a mystery, or at the very least as vague as being awarded for being a ‘good company‘.
There is however some coverage of one of the other winners on the night, TimeZone (they run arcade gaming machine centres). This particular article acknowledges that TimeZone was ‘awarded International Good Company Award under the category of Best Entertainment & Service Excellence‘, so it appears as if the awards are legit.
Curiously though, the article also states that the awards were held on ‘on February 18‘, begging the question as to why only now, a month later, the results are being made public.
In other TVI news, TVI recently ran it’s March bootcamp training sessions in Dubai and it appears that CEO Tarun (Tharun?) Trikha himself made an appearance.
For a company that boasts ‘over three million members‘, the turnout appears to be rather small.
Trikha also names Thailand, Las Vegas, Australia and Uzbekistan as hosts of future bootcamps.
Australia being mentioned is particularly interesting as last I heard the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) weren’t too fond of TVI declaring it to be a pyramid scheme back in May last year.
Other announcements included
- a proposed TVI office in Dubai
- temporary incorporation of TVI Express from ‘something offshore’ which apparently counts as a trade license (jurisdiction unknown)
- partnership with Priceline Partner Network (a hotel accommodation affiliate program)
- the completion of ‘30% of our work for the lowest (?) international air flights‘ which appears to be a partnership with Pacfic Royale Airways.
Partnership with Priceline Partner Network appears to be non-exclusive as from what I can tell anyone can sign up to be an affiliate.
The partnership with Pacific Royale Airways however is interesting as the airline will operate as an Indonesian airline and is being funded by private investors;
Samudra Sukardi targets to launch the operation of his airline under the brand of PT Pacific Royale Airways by mid of this year, Investor Daily reported this morning.
Acting as project manager of Pacific Royale Airways, Samudra said the airline is jointly owned by investor from India and two local investors. He confirmed that Gunarni Gunawan is one of local investor.
Samudra Sukardi is apparently a former ‘Managing Director of Riau Airlines‘, but more interesting is the fact that Gunarni Gunawan is credited as the ‘Director of TVI Express Indonesia’.
Gunawan also used on TVI’s promotional image for their previously mentioned ‘International Good Company Award’ (I’m unsure whether she actually accepted the award on TVI’s behalf though).
Another investor in Pacific Royale is claimed to come from India, TVI Express Tarun Trikha’s home country… this particular investor hasn’t been named yet, but I reckon there’s a good possibility it’s Trikha himself.
At this stage the partnership between Pacific Royale Airways and TVI Express appears to be quite limited in a global sense;
He (Sukardi) said the international routes at an early stage is to connect cities in Indonesia and India.”Yes definitely going to India, because one of his shareholders from India”.
“”Currently we are conducting a feasibility study on domestic routes, potentially”.
So unless you’re living in Indonesia or India and wanting to travel between the two countries, TVI’s partnership, whatever the extent, probably isn’t going to have much of an impact.
Trikha claims Pacific Royale Airways is set to open in July this year, I guess we’re going to have to wait and see just how invested TVI is into this venture and what it means for the company as a whole.
Still, it’s the first I’d ever heard of it and as far as I know, the first direct investment in an airline by any MLM company ever.
Ambitious? You betcha!
The problem with these announcements is they are ONLY getting coverage ONLY from TVI Express associates (who are spamming all the places with it, including comments, free press releases, and blogs).
The ONLY source that claims any association of airline with Goernawan and “investor from India” is ONE news source, which cannot be independently confirmed. None of the other news on Pacific Royale Airline gave any names.
Same with the award. Nobody knows ANYTHING about it. No media covered it. If it’s a legit award, nobody cares about it except the winners.
Given the amount of lies that came from Tarun Trikha’s previous announcements, I would put VERY little faith in them until I’m proven wrong.
Some of Tarun Trikha’s previous lies includes:
* promising TVI Express office in Florida
* promising TVI Express office in China and Hong Kong
* promising ATM card to access eWallet from NetCash (FYI, Netcash is a PORN site)
* promising TVI Express office in India in July 2009 (didn’t happen until Mid 2010, and it’s in the wrong city)
* promising to fight ACCC (case is still pending)
* promising to “go legit” in US by hiring lawyers (never happened)
There are many many more stuff Tarun Trikha promised but failed to deliver.
One more item of note: The award is obviously given to PT TVI Express Indonesia, NOT TVI Express itself.
However, PT TVI Express Indonesia’s registered business is “electronics, computer, and software sales and consulting”, according to their business license.
So what sort of “service excellence” did they get the award for? Hmmm?
And it makes you wonder, if this happened to one of the members, what sort of “service excellence” is PT TVI Indonesia providing?
http://ekonomi.kompasiana.com/bisnis/2011/02/26/penipuan-tvi-express/ (use Google Translate)
The news source seems to be quoting ‘Samudra Sukardi’ who, other than having an association with TVI via investment in the airline, doesn’t appear to be related to the company. What would his gain be by lying about the investors?
I agree regarding Trikha’s track record though. He’s set July 2011 up as the launch date for this airline venture so guess we’ll have to see what happens.
Is PT TVI Express a co-op (group of independent distributors) within the company itself or a completely seperate offshoot? If PT is just localised to Indonesia it’s a bit comical that US distributors seem to be the only ones harping on about the award (in English anyway).
@Oz: On the other hand, why would Sukardi not mention the investors’ names to ANY OTHER sources that interviewed him, others that seem to be more legitimate?
As for relationship between PT TVI Express Indonesia, and TVI Express, that’s another pool of murky waters. TVI Express itself lists PT TVI Express Indonesia as a “local office”, but there is NO paperwork linking this company (whose head is Gournami Goernawan) to TVI Express at all other than name, and Goernawan’s membership in TVI Express.
As there never WAS any proof that “TVI Limited” in UK is in any way related to TVI Express, or to any of the other branches ANYWHERE, it’s another way TVI Express is doing something VERY shady.
Think about it… When you join TVI Express, you join the MAIN BODY, allegedly. So who’s paying out the big bucks, and who’s providing the trips? When you join, say, in Indonesia, do you pay PT TVI Express Indonesia, or do you pay TVI Express? If you pay one, where do the money go, and how do you get back?
Okay, here’s proof that the report that TVI Express has invested in airline is bull****.
The kompas.com link actually refers to tribunnews.com, which is this article:
“He explained that there are two local investors who will participate in the establishment of the airline, they are Mrs. Independen Soeworodan Sukardi Ocean. Independen is a former Commissioner of Garuda Indonesia, while the Ocean also served as VP of Garuda and executive director of PT Abacus task, a subsidiary of Garuda.”
Obviously some of the names are mangled, but see the indonesian original:
“ijelaskannya, ada dua investor lokal yang akan berpartisipasi dalam pendirian maskapai tersebut, mereka adalah Ny Gunarni Soeworodan Samudera Sukardi. Gunarni adalah mantan Komisaris Garuda Indonesia, sedangkan Samudera juga pernah menjabat sebagai VP di Garuda serta pelaksana tugas direktur PT Abacus, anak usaha Garuda.”
So the name is “Mrs. Gunarni Soeworodan Smudera Sukardi.” That sounds like a relative of Samudra Sukardi. There is NO reference to Goernani Goernawan at all, nor anything about a “Mr. T”.
Someone copied the article wrong. Deliberately or not, I don’t know, but I can tell you it’s bull****. He was misquoted.
Argh, bad reference again. Gunarni (Independen) Soeworodan is one name, and Samudera (Ocean) Sukardi is the other name. These two will own 51% of the new airline. Both are formerly of PT Garuda, the Indonesian airline.
Again, NO reference to Goernani Goernawan (other than a very similar name) of PT TVI Express Indonesia. This makes any participation by “Tarun Trikha” extremely unlikely.
Could be a date thing perhaps. If it was unquoted then it’d carry less weight but it appears to be a direct quote.
I know they’re not infallible but generally speaking a direct quote is a direct quote.
That sounds much more credible. Guess we’re going to see how this plays out.
But still leaves a mystery Indian investor nameless.
Someone dug this up on the Kaskus forum (of Indonesia).
Apparently, this so-called “Good Company Award” is bull****. Companies are randomly sent solicitations. You need to pay a “donation” to the event, several MILLION Rupiahs.
http://vidiyan.blogspot.com/2008/02/fax-indonesia-good-company-award-2008.html (use Google Translate)
Oh, and this one: a real newspaper Tribunnews found a supposedly winner of the same award, who said he’s NOT attending the ceremony, since he was never interviewed for anything. He doubts the whole thing’s even legit.
http://batam.tribunnews.com/2011/02/05/bos-hotel-aston-karimun-ragu-dapat-award (use Google Translate)
Manila Newspaper editorial slams TVI Express and its clone “Pacific Destinations Inc” (ran by ex-TVI Edwin Natividad) as Ponzi scheme. Edwin Natividad apparently embezzled membership dues paid by hundreds of members in the US and ran off to Philippines to setup PDI and take all the money for himself.
This is my previous coverage on Edwin Natividad: