Noraini exits Matrade on May 15


Datuk Noraini Ahmad (picture) has resigned from Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) on May 15 as more Barisan Nasional (BN) political appointees exit government-owned agencies and related bodies.

Her exit was expected following BN’s disastrous showing during the May 9 14th General Election (GE14).

Matrade is an agency under the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI).

Noraini, who is the Parit Sulong MP, was appointed to the position in 2013 by the then MITI Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Matrade said in a statement yesterday.

Other prominent exits are Lembaga Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, board member and former Attorney General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, Permodalan Nasional Bhd chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Pet rol iam Nasional Bhd chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and Federal Land Development Authority chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

More exits are expected in all government-related bodies, especially political appointees after BN was rejected during GE14 about two months ago.

There are hundreds of positions in governmentowned agencies, statutory and regulatory bodies, companies and agencies both at the federal and state levels.

BN is the ruling government in just two states — Perlis and Pahang.

Meanwhile, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad had asked that members of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) advisory board, who are political appointees and on the “Umno ticket”, must resign since BN is no longer the government of the day.

He said the posts would be replaced by qualified MPs and with DBKL’s approval.

“All MPs in KL should be given a proper role in DBKL because they were elected by the people in GE14.

“This decision was taken after discussions with MPs in KL who complained that many DBKL projects were implemented without their knowledge, although they represented constituents of the area,” he said, according to a Bernama report.