Anwar: Appointment of Keda chief will be reviewed

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There will be a review of the appointment of several government-linked companies (GLC) heads, including Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim’s appointment, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Prime Minister said he would be meeting with Umno President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to discuss the matter.

“The (political) appointments are for GLCs, not publicly listed companies. Those appointed have the suitable qualifications.

“Our conditions are tight. Those (appointed) must be responsible and not spend excessively.


“We will review again on several appointments, including Abdul Azeez, and those who have yet to receive their appointment letters,” he told reporters at Bank Simpanan Nasional in Meru on Monday (April 10).

Azeez is currently the Kedah Umno deputy chairperson and was cleared last year of corruption and money laundering charges related to road projects in Perak and Kedah.

His Keda appointment is not the first appointment by Zahid to come under scrutiny from the prime minister.

Zahid had announced Jazlan’s Felcra reappointment in December last year, only for Anwar to say less than a week later that the appointment has been postponed.

On March 15 this year, Zahid announced Jazlan’s reappointment again, but this time with Anwar’s approval.

Anwar said the appointments of several Umno leaders to government-linked companies (GLCs) have been met with criticism from various parties.

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), had in March, slammed several political appointments to GLC, including Datuk Dr Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki as Mara chairman and Balik Pulau MP’s Datuk Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik as MyCreative Ventures Sdn Bhd’s chairman.