Everyone is still very much in the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri mood. In fact, many are still on Hari Raya leave for the week. Klang Valley is buzzing with all the Hari Raya visitations and Open Houses, which should start this weekend.
It is expected that Corporate Open Houses too, would be hosted from this weekend onwards.
It is traditional of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration Malaysian-style that monies are given away. Usually by the elders to the younger ones, especially amongst children and school-attending slightly older off springs.
Out of practice and norms, children and teenagers look forward for these mini envelope packets when they go visiting or sometimes when relatives come over to pay homage. It is a demonstration of love and generosity, in the mood of ‘sharing and giving’.
It is made to believe that FELDA Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. CEO Emir Mavani (p.k.a. Pradeeb Kumar) recently awarded a RM 700,000.00 package to a local PR firm, for communications job till the end of the year. This package is supposedly to include ‘communication crisis management’.
That is effectively RM 140,000.00 per month.
Why FGV hired a PR firm to do communications for them is unclear since FGV has a matured corporate communications team. Probably the current PR Head Muhamad Hudaifah Ahmad isn’t good enough for the job since he was just a former Accenture consultant and is one of the PEMANDUettes brought in when Mavani was fluffing his CEO-ship throne chair earlier in the year.
It is also believed that FGV BoD did not approve for the appointment of any external PR firm to do any communications related jobs.
Then again for taking pro-active primary role preparing himself as in the incoming FGV CEO since January, Mavani seems to be shooting himself in the foot ever so often.
Probably there is a need for Mavani to appoint this PR firm, especially to do ‘communication crisis management’. Considering the bad light that shone on FGV recently with all the non-halal deals such as proposed acquisition of the New Britain plantations off Papua New Guinea, Pontian Plantations which one of the vendors is DAP Life Adviser Dr Chen Man Hin and the discount given for RBD palm olien to Hunjia.
Even at the FGV AGM on 20 June 2013, shareholders raised the same matters and not able to obtain the satisfactory answers. It is interesting to note the burning issue of Mavani’s dubious “Ph.D in ‘Government Reforms’ from Warnborough University, United Kingdom” was never handled amicably till present day.
Then again, this would be a repeat since FGV had a period of communication disaster when the ‘amateurish’ PR firm Edelman was brought in by Mavani in the preparatory works to the IPO since April 2012.
Have a generous season of Hari Raya, everyone.