THE Perikatan Nasional government has so far appointed 15 politicians as board members and chairmen of Minister of Finance Inc companies, said the Finance Ministry in a written parliamentary reply.
Heading the list is Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as chairman of Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Yayasan Pelaburan Bumiputera.
Senior Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali is a director on the Khazanah board.
The ministry was replying to a question from Chan Foong Hin (Kota Kinabalu-PH) on the appointment of politicians to posts in government-linked companies and statutory bodies under the PN administration.
Mahdzir Khalid (Padang Terap) is chairman of Tenaga Nasional Bhd, and former Public Accounts Committee head Hassan Arifin (Rompin) leads Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd.
Jalaluddin Alias (Jelebu) has been appointed UDA Holdings Bhd chairman, and the Bernas chairman’s post given to Rohani Abdul Karim (Batang Lupar).
Umno Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (Pasir Salak) heads Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, while Zakaria Mohd Edris (Libaran) is Perbadanan Nasional Bhd chairman.
Sarawak’s Johnie Zawawi (Igan) leads Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd, which oversees waste management in the peninsula.
The ministry said Noh Omar (Tg Karang) was made Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Bhd chairman and Sabri Azit (Jerai), chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books.
Another Supreme Council member, Musa Sheikh Fadzir, is chairman of JKP Sdn Bhd, while PAS central committee member Mohamad Husain sits on the Felcra board.
Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor and assemblyman Juhari Bulat, meanwhile, were appointed to statutory bodies.
The ministry said appointments are made based on qualifications and expertise in the respective areas, adding that the allowances and incentives given depend on each company’s capacity.
Armada should report deputy minister’s ‘promise’ to MACC
ARMADA should lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said Johor Baru MP Akmal Nasir after Wan Ahmad Fahysal Wan Ahmad Kamal’s allegedly offered endorsement letters to gain support in Bersatu’s elections.
The PKR youth chief said the deputy sports and youth minister’s statement is worrying as he openly admitted he would use his position in exchange for political support.
“I urge Armada to lodge a formal complaint with MACC. Before this, there were revelations about lobbying for GLC (government-linked company) posts. I don’t know who’s better in issuing the support letter. This is a far more critical question that politics,” he said during a press conference at the parliament lobby today.
A video of Wan Fayhsal promising to leverage on his position in the government and party to issue support letters in exchange for votes when viral yesterday.
“How (can I help?), I can issue support letters as a deputy minister, as the youth chief and I can make a copy to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to strengthen (the support letters).
“That is using one’s position. Positions are given to help make things easier for you. It is not for me alone. But to help you, help me too.
“Firstly, vote for me,” he appeared to say in the video.
Wan Fayshal is one of the candidates for the Bersatu youth chief in the party elections on September 27.
Former transport minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook also the growing chorus of complaints against Wan Fayhsal
“After we were sworn in as ministers back in 2018, a special briefing was given to all members of the administration and Pakatan Harapan MPs by the then MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull on the procedures and ‘good practices’ in government, especially on the dos and don’ts.
“Among the things that Shukri ordered to all ministers and deputy ministers of PH was to never issue a letter of support to anyone, especially to the party members themselves,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“However, it’s different now. Even deputy ministers have power. Endorsement letters are used as capital for the party’s election campaign. Military aircraft are used to attend party activities. All sorts of things are possible now,” he said.
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