PM dismisses allegations over appointment of Isa as Felda chairman-Malaysian Insider

PM dismisses allegations over appointment of Isa as Felda chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today described as baseless and irrelevant allegations of jitters in the stock market caused by the appointment of Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad as the chairman of Felda.   “ It has no bearing on share price movements, ” he said in a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) in the Dewan Rakyat. Lim had asked the prime minister to state the rationale for appointing Mohd Isa as chairman of Felda when his credibility was put into question after he was found to be involved in money politics by Umno. The former also asked whether the good name of Felda would be affected and if the appointment would cause jitters in the market. Najib said the appointment of Mohd Isa as the Felda chairman was based on his wide experience in administration, management, leadership and good relationship with the people. “ His experience in administration, politics and community development meets the criteria for appointment as the Felda chairman, a post where he is directly involved in matters pertaining to the development of Felda and its settlers. “ At the moment, none of the Felda subsidiaries are listed on the stock market, ” he said. Nevertheless, he said, Felda ’ s business partners in the country and overseas, such as in Pakistan, India, Singapore, Egypt, France, China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and the Middle East, continue to support Felda ’ s business activities. “ The demand for Felda ’ s primary commodity, i.e. palm oil, is strong and competitive in the international market, ” he said. — Bernama Malaysia Page 1 of 1 The Malaysian Insider 3/17/2011

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