No difficulty hiring right people to lead key institutions, says Anwar

18-Sep-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Malaysia is not facing difficulties hiring the right people to lead key institutions, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar said this during an interview entitled “In Conversation With Anwar Ibrahim” conducted by the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

Anwar was asked to respond to claims that the government was struggling to fill the vacuum in Khazanah Nasional Bhd following the resignation of its entire board of directors.

“I did not share that view.

“Any prime minister who assumes office will have every right to make some changes. Most countries have that. Some (who have left) are competent people. They will survive in the private sector in their new positions.

“Khazanah is a good example. But they have replaced with (Datuk) Shahril (Ridza Ridzuan as new managing director) who is equally competent. So let him manage the affairs,” said Anwar.

Former Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Chief Shahril assumed his new role as the managing director of Khazanah replacing Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar on August 1.

Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the new chair of the sovereign wealth fund, replacing his predecessor Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who resigned on May 31.

“If he (Shahril) is smart he can consult those people from the past because they were not all treated as enemies. None of them were charged.

“We want to make sure they get the right signal, that Khazanah should remain purely as a business entity tied to the government. But I don’t believe that because we have removed (some), therefore we don’t have the people. The Tan Sris and the top guys are there,” Anwar stressed.

The full version of “In Conversation With Anwar Ibrahim” was released on

RSIS was officially inaugurated on January 1, 2007. It aims to become a leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia Pacific.


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