Acting chairman Sulaiman dissuades FGV directors from resigning

TM's chairman Tan Sri Dato Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob during a press conference after the 31st AGM & EGM at Menara TM, April 28, 2016. GLENN GUAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd’s (FGV) acting chairman Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob has personally requested all its board members, including two who wanted to resign, to stay on.

He said this in a statement on Thursday to clarify a media report on the purported resignation of existing board members Datuk Dr Omar Salim and Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid.

Sulaiman noted that these two directors had expressed their intentions to resign several weeks ago.

However, he said, “upon considering the current state of affairs of the company and the way forward that have been accepted by the Government and FGV on June 19, 2017, which are ‘to improve FGVH’s corporate governance and business controls’ and ‘undertake a comprehensive business review’ as well as ‘to uphold the integrity and spirit of impartiality of the ongoing inquiry’, I had then personally requested all members of the board to stay on.”

He said necessary updates would be provided if there was any further development.

Sulaiman became acting chairman of FGV on June 19, replacing Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, who joined the Public Land Transport Commission as acting chairman.

The day prior to Sulaiman’s statement, FGV had announced the appointment of three Felda office holders to its board, including Felda acting director general Ab Ghani Mohd Ali, Pahang State Felda Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abu Bakar Harun, and Felda deputy director general (management) Datuk Muzzammil Mohd Nor as non-executive directors.

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