Zeti: Dr M is aware of Jalil’s appointment as PNB CEO

Zeti: Dr M is aware of Jalil’s appointment as PNB CEO

KUALA LUMPUR: Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) group chairman Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz has clarified that the fund’s new chief executive officer (CEO) Jalil Rasheed was appointed through a proper procedure.

She denied claims that Jalil’s appointment was at her behest alone, adding that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was aware of the decision.

Zeti was dismissing Mahathir’s claim, who said that he was unaware of Jalil’s appointment and did not get any information on the matter.

“That is not correct. PNB adopts a very strict regress and robust governance process.

“We have a nomination and renumeration committee of the board where it’s first discussed and then presented to the board, then to the Yayasan Pelaburan Bumiputera, which is chaired by PM,” she told a press conference after unveiling the Merdeka 118 Show Gallery today.

Zeti asserted that Mahathir basically did know about the appointment “but maybe he didn’t know the timing of the announcement and therefore he didn’t want to pre-empt it.”

She said another factor that might contributed to the situation would be the approval process by the Securities Commission (SC).

PNB is a regulated financial institution and such senior appointment requires SC’s approval.

“It’s very important for none of the announcements to be made pre-empting of all these approval process, perhaps that is why he didn’t want to say anything at that stage,” she said.

PNB, on Aug 28, announced Jalil as its new president and group CEO, effective Oct 1, succeeding current chief Datuk Abdul Rahman Ahmad.