Promise

Make the Governance of all our GLC World Class at Par with International Standards

ANALYSIS

At the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) meeting on 14/5/2019 Tun M announced the candidates who will hold leadership positions in government-linked companies (GLC) and authorities will be vetted first. The candidates will be required to undertake the following:

  1. Checks through the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) integrity vetting system
  2. Their bankruptcy status by the Insolvency Department
  3. Their involvement in any companies
  4. A declaration of their family members who are either serving in or participating in procurements involving any GLCs, and
  5. Verifications of their education and qualifications.

In October 2018, Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali pledged that politicians will no longer have a place on the boards of government-linked companies (GLC) and only professionals will be entrusted to run them. The GIACC, in April 2019 stated that the government through the Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet Mengenai Anti-Rasuah (JKKMAR) has directed the Ministry of Ministry to prepare guidelines for the appointment of senior management, chairman and board of directors in GLCs and their subsidiary companies. The GIACC also affirmed that no political appointees should be placed in GLCs. We however note that there is no mention of mechanisms to address issues surrounding political appointments in GLC.

We would like to emphasize that specific mechanisms ought to be put in place to ensure that political appointments can be effective stamped out to prevent corruption and abuse of power. Any appointment to GLC should go through scrutiny by the PAC or a special select committee. The inquiry would allow not just the lawmakers to question the candidates and the GLC in question, but also make the appointment process transparent. All findings from the inquiry should be made public.

Sub-promises

Improve the corporate governance of GLCs at national or state levels

Ensure appointment of GLC Board members based on merit and professionalism, and not politics

Khazanah announces new appointments to Board of Directors

1 July 2019 – A Chinese University of Hong Kong professor and a senior Tencent Holding Co Ltd executive are among three new members of Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s board.

10 June 2019 – Celcom’s former chief special projects officer, Datuk Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin has emerged as a favourite for TM’s CEO, sources told NST.

17 June 2019 The various state-owned Mentri Besar Incorporated (MBI) companies are not necessary government-linked companies (GLCs) and should be scrapped as they lack transparency and accountability, Professor Terence Gomez said today. 

14 May 2019: Candidates who will hold leadership positions in government-linked companies (GLC) and authorities will be vetted first.

11 May 2019 – However, in one specific area, where much change was expected, little has changed. Pakatan had pledged to reform a well-entrenched government-business institutional framework that had contributed to extensive corruption, debilitating patronage, even a kleptocracy. Umno’s fall was largely attributed to the abuse of 1MDB, Felda and Tabung Haji, institutions known as government-linked companies (GLCs), raising expectations that these enterprises would be reformed. However, what appears to be hampering GLC reform is the matter of consolidating power which is contributing to the perpetuation of the politics of patronage.

9 May 2019A month after Pakatan Harapan’s historic win, the government led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spared no time to reform the nation’s administration and its government-linked companies (GLCs).

16 April 2019 – Malaysia needs to move on from the scandals of yesteryears, while the government continues with the clean-up jobs to build the right foundation for the country to rise up and reclaim the position among the leading economies globally.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture) said the country that Pakatan Harapan has inherited from the previous administration is “broken”.

31 Mar 2019 – There are no political appointees in government-linked companies, a policy decided by the government. All candidates for the board of directors for statutory bodies are vetted to ensure highly qualified and professional candidates are appointed.

24 Jan 2019A group of NGOs and think tanks have criticised  the PH government for failing to abide by its manifesto promise not to appoint politicians to lead GLCs.

27 Aug 2018 – Following the historical 14th general election, there have been a slew of changes in GLC leadership. Most notable was Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz’s appointment as chairperson of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) and Sime Darby Property Bhd, while Datuk Ahmad Nizam Salleh was appointed chairman of Petroliam Nasional Bhd. Most recently, Datuk Shahril Redza Ridzuan was appointed chairman of Khazanah Nasional Bhd after the resignation of the sovereign wealth fund’s entire board.

22 Jun 2018 – A major shake-up among the head honchos of government-linked companies (GLCs) is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

Politically-appointed heads of GLCs are in focus given that their appointments were made at the pleasure of the previous Government. Many of the heads of GLCs were given board positions as recognition of their services.

To adopt international standards (eg. OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises) to improve GLCs

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