On 11th February I wrote on my Malay College form-mate, Mohd Hassan Marican under "Personalities Section' and pointed out that six month down the lane there will be move to replace him. Lo and behold, just last week we had an exasperated Dr M knocking NTR on the knuckles for intending to 'plant in' Omar Mustaffa Ong into Petronas management board! Another Oxbridge product, we do not mind about[ more Oxbridge the better but pleaseeeez get them tobe wise first. We cannot afford anther of those 'wet in between the ears' Oxbridge! ] . But what seemed to worry the senior statesman is not about a possible future 'run' on Petronas coffers but rather Ong was an associate of KJ and was one of the '4th Floor boys'. Why KJ deserves such wrath from the old man is anybody's guess!
One can understand NTR's move to have Ong inside, even though we do want to question his 'wisdom' for doing that. Why change something that is working very well?
NTR , understandably though, may want someone he can 'talk down', not up!The board's refusal so far in accepting Ong's admission, albeit on a technical basis of a' scholarship non repayment', is a blatant example of the premier 'talking up' to the board!
From the raayats viewpoint we are not interested about personalities, not even NTR whom we can remove come next GE if he is not careful about what he does and whom he promote!. Ong or whoever can wait. We , as Petronas's real stakeholders, are more worried about people making a run on its reserve and fund. That is raayats' money not anyone grandfather's future war chest!
Dr Nik Howk
Dr Nik Howk
Read : Mohd Hassan Marican, 11th February 2009, Personalities section.