Wan Azizah disagrees with Tunku Aziz

“It wouldn’t matter if the person leading a GLC were a politician or not”

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory board chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim is of the opinion that politicians should not be given to run Government Linked Companies (GLCs).

In a statement today, the former DAP vice-chairman said politicians holding GLC appointments may face conflicts of interest, adding that many appointments were made for political reasons.

“If you are appointed to a position with unanimous power, there are decisions you have to make on a daily basis, weekly, monthly and whatever.

“And in making these decisions, there will be some demands made on you because of your connections, your relatives, your friends and also your cronies.

“They don’t care how it is done (as long as they get the job)… This is where corruption starts,” he said.

But not according to Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

In a counter statement, the PKR president said it wouldn’t matter if the person leading a GLC were a politician or not, so long as that person was transparent and accountable for his (or her) actions.

“So it should be all right even if a politician leads a GLC. (They must have) integrity, yes,” she said.


Both the Tunku and Wan Azizah were reacting to a boardroom tussle that saw Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad (FGV) CEO and president Dato’ Zakaria Arshad being relieved of his duties in the company.

The decision to suspend Zakaria was taken last Tuesday, the 6th of June 2017, in a board meeting hurriedly called for by the group’s chairman, Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad.

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