Shahrir: Azhar perfect as FGV chairman

Shahrir Abd Samar says Azhar Abdul Hamid’s appointment is apt as he has experience in the palm oil business and professional accounting.

Shahrir--AzharJOHOR BAHRU: Felda, as the major shareholder of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV), wants the company to be managed and run as a business entity and not be politicised.

Its chairman, Shahrir Abd Samad, said the appointment of Azhar Abdul Hamid as FGV chairman was apt as he had experience in the palm oil business and also professional accounting.

“There should be no disputing his appointment, especially by a politician, as it can undermine the party. If you want to give advice, talk to me.

“I am the chairman of Felda, which is the father of FGV. I am a politician, so come and see me,” he told reporters after opening the Umno Bantu Rakyat 2.0 programme at Sekolah Menengah Sri Tebrau, here today.

Shahrir’s statement followed remarks by a politician that Azhar should see all issues and problems through to the end and not abandon FGV as he had done with MRT Corp.

Shahrir, who is also Johor Bahru Umno division chief said Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) would not be distracted by the opposition’s focus on the constituency and would continue to serve the needs of the voters.

“We must be prepared to compete based on our record, achievements and promises for the future. The general election is just a process and the party will always work for the people,” he added.

Earlier, the Umno Social Welfare Bureau (BiKUM) helped 300 students from primary schools in the Johor Bahru parliamentary constituency to open accounts in the National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN-i), with a contribution of RM100 each.

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Meanwhile, BiKUM chairman Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the contribution would have a long-term impact on the students and inculcate the culture of saving for the future.

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