Minister: Political appointments help 'check and balance' GLCs

Modified 11 Aug 2020, 8:13 am

Editor's note: The article earlier erroneously noted 15 MPs were appointed to MOF Inc firms while two MPs were appointed to statutory bodies. The error is regretted and has been corrected.

UPDATE: Included question from Kota Kinabalu MP asking why Finance Minister answered his question when it was intended for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz has defended the appointment of politicians to statutory bodies and government-linked companies (GLCs), saying the move helped provide “check and balance” and ensured firms operated per the government’s aspirations.

He said this in his Aug 6 parliamentary reply to Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, who had asked for a list of political appointments, their salary schemes, plus justifications for their selection.

In his answer, Tengku Zafrul (above) said 15 politicians including MPs, state assemblypersons, senators and party members had been appointed to Minister of Finance Incorporated (MOF Inc) companies while “only two” politicians were...

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