KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara board of directors has made its recommendation on the potential successor to outgoing Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz.
“We have made the recommendation and the government will make the decision and submit the name to the Agong,” Zeti told reporters on the sidelines of the Wharton Global Forum 2016 here yesterday. Zeti has been Bank Negara governor for 16 years.
“Just be patient. (It will be announced) very soon,” she said when asked who would be her preferred choice between Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, and Datuk Mohamed Ibrahim, the current Deputy Governor.
Besides the two, the list of potential candidates includes Malaysian Ambassador to the United States Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin, Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and Deputy Bank Negara governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus.
Zeti was also asked whether Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also Finance Minister, was at Bank Negara yesterday.
“Yes, there was a briefing, we give such briefings just before the annual report. It was a two-hour briefing, one and a half hours was given by myself,” she said.
The discussions revolved around assessment, policies and how Malaysia could build its resilience for the future and not just for now, Zeti added. – Bernama
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