It is baffling trying to imagine how Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak could be coaxed into appointing persons of perceived or shoddy background into strategic positions. However, evidence gathered is not too convincing otherwise. The appointment of CEO (designate) of FELDA Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. Dr Mohd. Emir Mavani isn’t probably who everyone thought he is.
In the BOD page of FGVH website, Mavani’s brief resume listed that he obtained Ph.D in Government Reforms from Warnborough University in the United Kingdom in 2008.
When googled, there seems to be no ‘Warnborough University’ in the United Kingdom. There is only a ‘Warnborough College’, which HQ address is listed somewhere in Kent. What is interesting to learn about this ‘Warnborough College’ or ‘Warnborough University’ is in the list of unaccredited institution of higher education.
That is short for the list of bogus universities offering ‘off the shelf academic qualifications’ which should not have been recognised for various reasons. Especially when it does not satisfy the standards of the issuance of academic awards.
This is not the first time someone who has been appointed into strategic position posseses a ‘doubtful academic qualification’, in organisations that are under the domain of the Prime Minister’s Department. Earlier, we discussed about Tabung Haji BOD member Dato’ Azeez Rahim.
Coincidentally, Azeez’s ‘MBA from Preston University (USA)’ also falls under the same list of unaccredited institution of higher education.
Mavani has been reported to take over the helm of FGVH from seasoned planter Dato’ Seri Sabri Ahmad from 15 July 2013. According to the FGVH website, Mavani is the Director of Oil and Gas at PEMANDU. The FGVH website did not mention about Mavani having any relevant experience in the business of plantations or downstream products from plantations.
The popular notion is that Mavani is supposed to spearhead the ‘Transformation Agenda’ into FGVH. Infact it has been said that several PEMANDU ‘consultants’ namely Muhammad Hudhaifa Ahmad, Farisan Mokhtar, Mohd Zaidi Sharif and Syahrilazli Mahammad have been assigned into the CEO of FGVH office’s with immediate effect.
And they are given General Manager’s authority and remuneration packages.
How Mavani with the doubtful Ph.D plus the assistance these PEMANDU young cikus would benefit FGVH is not clear, considering that without them and under the steward of professionals of the plantations industry FGVH did very well for the Q1 of 2013.
All these persons of perceived shoddy background in one aspect or another could just add the variable of issues that Prime Minister Najib could do without, in the challenges of managing this country in the volatility of real and tangible problems. This is not withstanding that many talked about his choice of personalities in his first mandated Cabinet in ‘unconvinced’ or ‘disappointed’ tone.
Deterioration of public confidence is ‘Thinning of the Wedge’.