PETALING JAYA – Over the weekend the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced a slew of new appointments to high profiled positions at the Securities Commission, Social Security Organisation (Socso) and Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia.

PMO announced that lawyer Datuk Syed Zaid Albar, who runs Albar & Partners, will replace Tan Sri Ranjit Ajit Singh as executive chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). Ranjit, who has been with the SC for 25 years – with the last six as its head – will retire on Oct 15.

With more than 38 years of experience in legal practice, Syed Zaid was a member of the compensation fund inquiry panel and of the appeals committee in Bursa Malaysia Bhd.

A surprise announcement today was the appointment of property developer MKH Bhd managing director Tan Sri Eddy Chen to chair PR1MA, the affordable housing initiative of the government, from Oct 1. Former chairman Tan Sri Dr Alies Anor Abdul resigned on June 1.

Three new board members will join Chen, namely Datuk Faris Yahaya, Mohd Ali Abdul Karim and Ahmad Shahrul Mohamed.

On Saturday, PMO announced that Socso willhave a new chairman, Zakri Khir, who was CEO of Allianz General Insurance (Malaysia) Bhd. Zakri will replace Tan Sri Dr Aseh Che Mat on Oct 8.

These appointments follow a round of appointments made last week, namely Dr Hasnita Hashim as chairman of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) and Datuk Mohd Nageeb Abdul Wahab as chairman of Felcra Bhd.

– Sundaily