Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today posted a message of congratulations to politicians who recently became heads of government-linked companies (GLCs) adding that their appointments were to ensure that the policies and “aspirations” of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government were implemented.

Taking his Facebook page this evening, Zahid congratulated MPs from Umno, MCA, MIC and PAS who have been named as heads of GLCs and other government-owned or related bodies.

Indeed, in the structure of the board of directors of corporations, there are candidates who are politically selected for the intent of imposing the policies and ambitions of the governing party, yet they are sure that the representatives of the senior management, who are the chief executives and managing directors, were also named from within the experts on the grounds of competence, skills and experience.

With the participation of GLCs and GLICs (government-linked investment firms) in several strategic ventures and companies, in particular infrastructure growth, it was the previous practice of the Barisan Nasional government that drived the economy and established the socioeconomy of the citizens.

Zahid also urged all the Muafakat Nasional Agreement appointees between Umno and PAS to be trustworthy and committed in their duties. In April, Malaysiakini quoted PAS secretary-general and de facto law minister Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan as saying all of his party’s MPs who do not currently occupy government roles should be appointed heads of GLCs by the PN-led administration.

PAS has 18 MPs, eight are ministers and deputy ministers, and one was made a special envoy of the prime minister to the Middle East. This leaves a mere 9 MPs. Alhamdulillah, I agree that it would be the duty of all Government MPs to handle GLCs. This is because they all have the qualifications. They are MPs, “he was cited as telling journalists in Kota Baru at Kompleks Kota Darulnaim

Ironically, later that month, the vice president of Umno, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin, gave a strict warning to his PN colleagues that it is not a people-mandated administration, as he denounced the usage of “financial incentives” to hold the shaky alliance intact.

In a harshly worded accusation levied against Bersatu ‘s allies, Khaled said PN remained stripped of authority, and could only win confidence from the public through good governance and transparency.

Previously in March, the Presidential Council of Pakatan Harapan ( PH) called on the PN administration to avoid gazing at political positions and concentrate on battling the Covid-19 epidemic.

In a joint statement, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, Amanah President Mohamad Sabu and PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim confirmed the government’s latest decision to dismiss appointees from government agencies such as Majlis Amanah Rakyat ( MARA), Federal Territories Citizen Representative Council (MPP)


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