Loyalty Matters


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June 29, 2013

Loyalty Matters

by The Malaysian Insider (www.themalaysianinsider.com)

rais-yatimSenior UMNO politicians are in for a windfall, possibly as early as next week,  when Prime Minister Najib Razak rewards their loyalty with appointments as chairman and board members of Government-linked companies (GLCs) and government agencies.

Among the plum positions available are senior positions on the board of Tenaga Nasional, Telekom, MARA, Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad, Tabung Haji, Perbadanan Nasional Berhad, government officials told The Malaysian Insider.

A list of vacancies currently available and positions soon to be available in GLCs and government agencies is being prepared for the PM.

Those in the running for chairman positions are former Federal Territories azeezabdulrahim-sept5Minister Raja Nong Chik, former Deputy Finance Minister Awang Adek as well as veterans Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Tan Sri Rais Yatim, and Datuk Azeez Rahim (right).

The politicians to be rewarded are a mixed bag. Some, like Raja Nong Chik were defeated in the general election but are still viewed by Najib as allies and likely candidates for the next general election.

Others, like Azeez of the Putera UMNO wing were elected as Members of Parliament but could not be appointed to the Cabinet. And then there were a few who did not create a fuss when asked to make way for new talent and not contest the elections.

In the past, Prime Ministers were wary of putting too many politicians on the board of GLCs, upset that their inclusion could result in a clash of cultures and priorities with the professional management and ultimately lead to poor performance of those companies.

But Najib is having to embrace a new approach for two reasons – the long line of UMNO politicians outside his office since the May 5 general election and his own party elections later this year.

In at least two occasions recently, the PM used his discretionary powers to recommend a chairman for two GLCs, overriding the list of choices offered by the incumbent GLC executives.

ghani-othmanAmong the restless are some 60 UMNO division chiefs who were not fielded as election candidates on May 5 as well as giantkillers who defeated opposition bigwigs but were not rewarded with Cabinet positions and finally, those who agreed to give way to new candidates for their parliamentary seats.

Several UMNO politicians have already been given senior positions in GLCs and government agencies including Datuk Ghani Othman (left), who was defeated by the Democratic Action Party’s Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah. He was made the chairman recently of the one of the largest listed plantations in the world, Sime Darby.

Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop was made Deputy Chairman of Khazanah Nasional, the government’s strategic investment fund.

16 thoughts on “Loyalty Matters

  1. Even when they lose they win.

    No wonder this is the land of milk and honey where sweet deals abound.

    When will these gluttons get enough or is in their genes to milk all for its worth. I’m sure they’ll justify it as their rezeki, and gift horses and cows should’nt be ditolaked.

    Btw, the article forgot sardonicus Yen Yen who it will never be known, was either thrust into chairmanship of the Tourism Board or assumed the mantle for her greedy self.

  2. Din.
    Dato Azeez was appointed as Tabong Haji Chairman replacing Abi Musa X civil servant.

    Annur Musa was appointed as MARA Chairman replacing Idris Jusoh.

    Ha ha ha

  3. I shall try to put it in the precise language of Mathematics: The expansion of liberty and personal civic apace is inversely proportional to the concentration of political power at the apex.

  4. The cake is strinking, but the numbers who wanted to share it keeps growing. So the professionals are crowded out to execute their duties diligently. Do we have faith in having bunch of politicians messing up the GLCs???

  5. These politician, not business savy, drawing big fat salaries plus all sorts of allowance, intefering in the GLCs. No wonder the cost escalates, and consumers and taxpayers bears the blunders.

  6. We are dooming if not have doomed. What is the definition of Chairmanship now? Political alignment or Corporate leadership?

  7. What a sick nation we have become! And the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of? Yah, you guessed it right.

  8. Politics here is all for self benefits. We are heading for Zimbakwee , if we are not already there. Isn’t there amongst them who feel ashamed that there is a shining little country down below.

  9. Looking at some of the politicians rewarded with plush GLC chairmanships and directorships, I always cry when I pay my taxes….

  10. I would agree loyalty is important, like being loyal to our beloved nation is a must. But not blind loyalty like making it a reward even if stupidity is demonstrated flagrantly and unabashedly in full view of others, which gives the impression of servility and or servitude. If this is the case, then it will be Feudalism repeating its cycle again & again and we will not be released from the clutches of stupidity….that is indirectly ‘ the Feudal Structure ‘ which will perpetuate in a never-ending cycle – like Karma, what you sow you reap, and what you reap you sow, again & again…..

  11. I suggest it is better the government give a fat paycheck to these greedy scums of society for doing nothing, rather than having them as chairman of GLCs. The damage they create there is far greater and may even lead the GLCs to bankruptcy. Look at the damage Tan Sri Isa do to FGV.

  12. PM has been talking of ‘Transformation’ What brand of ‘transformation’ is this ? These politicians, may have made their ‘gold’ and may also be drawing comfortable pesions. So, I do not see the need to accomodate so many of them on the BoD of GLCs.

  13. Instead of progressing forward, this country is moving backward!!! Najib is screwing up this country big time, I tell ya!

  14. Dato’ Azeez only has an SPM? His diploma is from a degree mill, is that true?


    The university he and TH quoted (MBA, Preston Univ)is not accredited. It is basically a scam — it is one of those “buy a degree” places. It was kicked out of Alabama, Wyoming, and California. It really is based in Pakistan. So basically the car salesman paid money, never went to school, and got a fake degree. See the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston_University

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