KUANTAN, Feb 9 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said on Wednesday individuals were appointed to head government-linked companies (GLCs) based on their competence.
He said that in making such appointments, the government was not bound by any policy, such as denying politicians of the opportunity to head GLCs.
“We (the government) do not have such restrictions. The government makes the appointment based on the competence of an individual, regardless of whether he or she is a corporate person, former government officer or ex-politician,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly cabinet meeting at the Pahang Foundation complex, here.
Najib said there were politicians who were academically highly qualified and experienced in the corporate field, had a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and were seasoned in administering ministries and so on.
He was responding to a question on the statement by National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) member Datuk Zainal Aznam Mohd Yusof that real reform could be achieved if there was a blanket ban on the appointment of politicians to head GLCs.
“Why not say politicians cannot be appointed, no matter which political divide you are from, or whether or not you are corrupt?” Zainal Azman had said at a forum in Kuala Lumpur, and made reference to the appointment of former Umno vice-president Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Samad as chairman of Felda.
The Umno disciplinary board in 2005 found Mohd Isa guilty of money politics during the party’s elections.
At the same forum, Maybank Investment chief executive officer Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the appointment of Mohd Isa had been unsettling news for the market.
Source : Bernama