PETALING JAYA: Electoral reform group Bersih has slammed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and the government over recent political appointments to government-linked companies (GLCs).
Bersih chief Thomas Fann expressed regret that Anwar’s government was continuing the practice of appointing politicians to GLCs despite the PKR president’s push for reforms over the past two decades.
He said political appointments smacked of political patronage and was a disservice to voters if it involved currently elected representatives.
“Their time and attention would be divided between discharging their parliamentary and corporate duties. MPs and assemblymen should be banned from holding positions in GLCs,” Fann said in a statement today.
“GLCs are custodians of public wealth and resources and we need to appoint people who are best qualified to add value to these corporate entities instead of draining its funds through lucrative pays and perks.