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

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Instruct GLCs to galvanize efforts to increase Bumiputera equity holding in the country

11 February 2019 

MARA subsidiaries are being consolidated under GLIC Mara Corp after the change of federal government. After the MARA Inc. scandal, leaders stated that “due diligence processes” were completed and issues resolved, stating the intention to continue the development of a “complete ecosystem in Mara’s commercial entities” to uplift the Bumiputera economy.

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Improve the corporate governance of GLCs at national or state levels

Top public-listed companies transparent in corporate reporting are GLCs — report

7 November 2019

Eight out of Malaysia’s top 10 public-listed companies scoring the highest in corporate reporting transparency are government-linked. The rankings were revealed in the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG) 2019 report titled Transparency in Corporate Reporting: Assessing Malaysia’s Top 100 Public Listed Companies (TRAC Report 2019). It is made to focus on anti-corruption reporting, the report sought to examine whether the top 100 largest Malaysian-listed companies’ (by market capitalisation) anti-corruption programmes have grown stronger since the first report in 2017; as well as their corporate liability readiness in terms of having established adequate procedures, before the enforcement of corporate liability for corruption offences under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Act 2018 in June 2020. Bursa Malaysia Bhd chairman Datuk Shireen Ann Zaharah Muhiudeen said the private sector and the business community must play their parts, as the country moves forward in its anti-corruption agenda.

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GLC salary guidelines to be fairer, serve as example for private sector

24 October 2019

Pakatan Harapan aims to increase the share of compensation to employees, as per the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 economic agenda. Economist Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid said that the increment for CEOs and top management are much higher than average or low-income workers that it is not optimal for the economy. In terms of economic multiplier effect, it is better to reward the average or low-income workers as they spend the money and stimulate the economy instead of saving it. Based on the SPV2030’s handbook, PH wants to increase employee compensation (CE) to gross domestic product (GDP) to 48% from 35.7% – meaning for every ringgit the economy makes, 48 sen goes to workers. Singapore, South Korea, and Australia, have much higher CE rates than Malaysia of 39.7%, 45.7% and 47.2% respectively.

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

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.

31 March 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 January 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 August 2018 – Following the historical 14th general election, there has 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 June 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.

All GLCs will be required to create a Bumiputera vendor development programs

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

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Set up a Parliamentary Committee to receive regular reports from the Government Investment Division at the Ministry of Finance on the GLCs’ performance

 

5 April 2019 – GLCs should be answerable to the Dewan Rakyat and be accountable for all the corporate directions and strategies, as part of the current administration campaign for total transparency in administrations and operations.Former Khazanah Nasional Bhd MD Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim said the select committees that are currently being formed at the Parliament should have the jurisdiction to monitor the GLCs and their operations.