‘Right leaders needed to ensure transformation’


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  • Thursday, 23 Mar 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: It is important to appoint the right leaders for the ministries, agencies and enterprises to ensure that transformation happens, said Permodalan Nasional Bhd group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar.

He said the Government and the country were a large entity.

“One leader cannot deliver transformation without getting the ministries and agencies to do their part.

“That is why it’s important to appoint the right leaders,” he said at the “National Transformation: Perspectives, Challenges and Impact” session at the Global Transformation Forum 2017.

He was part of a panel, which also included Delivery Associates founder and chairman Sir Michael Barber and Amref Health Africa International chairman Omari Issa.

Moderating was Datuk Charon Wardini Mokhzani, who is executive director in the managing director’s office at Khazanah Nasional.

On the issue of succession, Abdul Wahid said this was important to make any kind of transformation sustainable.

Without the right succession, transformation would collapse once the leadership which put it into place is gone, he said.

To a question from the audience, Abdul Wahid said it did not matter if a corporate figure was put in charge of running a government as long as he had the people’s mandate.

Omari said while it was important to achieve one’s Key Performance Index, it was also necessary to benchmark oneself against others.

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