MI writer to be Petronas Corporate Communications manager?

Using Raja Petra line from his infamous statutory declaration, we have been ‘reliably’ informed that a Malaysian Insider regular contributor would be appointed as Corporate Communications Manager of state oil corporation Petronas.

This story has not been verified yet. Then again, if is true it would be as damaging as it was when Former Parti Rakyat Malaysia Vice President and PR woman Sheryl Stoddard was appointed as General Manager of Corporate Communications almost a year and half ago. The news portal has been pandering into Oppositions’ overtone and in a flavour very damaging to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership. In fact, Malaysian Insider Chief Editor Jahabar Sadiq had to apologise to PM Najib on 19 August for its story, which was seen as with political malice intent.

The PSM VP who had a very short stint in Petronas

MI has not been good to Petronas’s image. Despite it is fashionable to be transparent in disseminating information especially in public domain, MI prefers to spin for the subtle but strategic advantage of the Oppositions’ politics.

Since former CEO Tan Sri Hassan Merican’s contract ended early last year, Petronas made some strategic changes in their talent management. Personalities from outside were brought in for top management positions. This ‘liberalisation’ is a new practice, which should not extend towards people who are not supportive but instead is counter productive to the Leadership’s agenda of ‘developmental economics’, especially in the challenges of bringing the nation and rakyat to a high income economy.

Let us watch closely what develops next.

Published in: on August 24, 2011 at 01:45  Comments (17)