Time is right for fresh GLC reforms, say analysts

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: A second wave of reforms is needed for government-linked companies (GLCs) and government-linked investment companies (GLICs), according to a report in The Edge.

This is to help enhance governance standards and to put in place adequate institutional measures to prevent the mismanagement of public resources.

The report quoted Lee Heng Guie, executive director of the Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC), as saying, “The time has come for a second round of transformations, specifically aimed at improving the governance of GLCs. The management of public funds in carrying out nation-building objectives require greater public scrutiny.

“There is also a need to redefine the role of GLCs in the economy, with a view of ensuring that the limited public financial resources are efficiently managed and invested while not crowding out the private sector. The inefficient ones should be restructured or disposed of.”

In May 2004, the government launched a 10-year initiative called the GLC Transformation Programme, which, among others, revamped sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd and set higher standards for the management of GLCs. Read more

Judicial review of Raus’ appointment as CJ dismissed

Source: FMT News

KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here today dismissed an application for leave for judicial review on the appointment or continuation of Md Raus Sharif as the chief justice of Malaysia on Aug 5.

The court also dismissed an application by lawyer Marcel Jude MS Joseph to declare that the individual who should rightfully be appointed as the chief justice after Aug 5 is Richard Malanjum, the current chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak.

The application was dismissed with a cost of RM3,000 awarded to Md Raus as the sole respondent.

The suit was filed before the court on Sept 26 when Marcel sought an order of certiorari to quash Raus’ appointment as the chief justice, or continuing in the position, from Aug 5.

The key issue before the High Court sitting was to review whether the appointment or continuation of Raus’ service was lawful and constitutional, or whether it contravened Article 121(1) of the Federal Constitution regarding the coordinate jurisdiction of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak and the High Court of Malaya. Read more

Cabinet approves Statistics Dept’s proposal to obtain data from government agencies

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BANGI, Oct 20 — The Cabinet has approved a proposal paper that government departments and agencies share data with the Malaysian Statistics Department for the preparation of statistics and compilation of socio-economic indicators.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said only data relating to national security and information under the Personal Data and Protection Act could not be shared.

“Through the Cabinet’s decision, the Statistics Department can collect data from other government departments and agencies to ensure Malaysia is not left behind in the Big Data Open Data revolution,” he told reporters after attending the first National Statistics Day (MyStats Day) celebration at the National PERMATApintar Centre in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) here today.  Read more

No proselytisation in Pastor Raymond Koh’s welfare organisation, wife tells Suhakam inquiry

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Susanna Liew told a three-man panel set up by Suhakam investigating several missing pastors and activists that Harapan Komuniti instructed its volunteers not to preach. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 ― Harapan Komuniti, the non-profit organisation started by missing Pastor Raymond Koh, is strictly welfare-focused and does not practise proselytisation of any religion, his wife said today.

Susanna Liew told a three-man panel set up by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) investigating several missing pastors and activists that the organisation instructed its volunteers not to preach.

“Yes, we do not preach. We have strict instructions during our volunteers’ orientation process not to preach any religion. These are oral guidelines for our volunteers,” Liew said in the public inquiry into its second day. Read more