Govt to name Roselindawati as DG of JAPEN

UPDATE: The Information Department has clarified that Roselindawati is still serving as the acting DG. The DG post remains vacant.

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / graphic by TMR

The Department of Information (JAPEN) deputy DG of strategic communications Roselindawati Abdul Rahman is expected to take the role of a DG, according to sources.

Roselindawati, who is currently serving as the acting DG, will replace the position left vacant by Datuk Ibrahim Abdul Rahman.

“Yes, deputy DG Roselindawati will replace Ibrahim,” a source who declined to be named said, adding that a statement on the appointment will be issued in due course.

In the list of DGs in government agencies available on the Ceremonial and International Conference Secretariat Division’s website, the DG position has been vacated as of March 22, 2019.

Ibrahim posted on his Facebook page on April 1 that he would begin his task at the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption the following day.

When Roselindawati is appointed, she will join the women who have been chosen by the government to take leadership roles, realising the government’s election manifesto in creating more female leaders and practising transparent promotion exercises.

Last week, Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat was appointed as the new chief justice, the country’s first woman to be appointed to the role replacing Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who has retired.

It was reported that she was not fazed by her post and said gender was not a factor, but felt the pressure in the position’s huge responsibility.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for 30% Club Malaysia — a campaign aims to increase more women in the local corporate boards — welcomes the women’s appointments in top government and business organisations.

“We view these appointments as indicative of the nation’s confidence in women to contribute to good governance and economic prosperity at the highest level.

“The many ‘firsts’ also demonstrate the number of qualified Malaysian women and their willingness to take on national leadership and corporate stewardship roles,” the spokesperson said.

30% Club Malaysia said it celebrates this development and will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure the inclusion of women in positions of decision-making remains a high priority.

The Malaysian Reserve previously reported that although there has been an increase in women taking ministerial positions, the question remains for corporate boardrooms to follow suit.

According to the Women in Business 2019 research report by Grant Thornton International, the percentage of businesses in Malaysia with at least one woman in senior management is at 95%, an increase of 15% from last year.

However, the percentage of women holding senior leadership positions has dropped to 23%, from last year’s 28%. Although the number of women holding senior leadership positions has decreased, several names have taken the helm to lead corporate boards since the formation of the new government.

The names include Permodalan Nasional Bhd and Sime Darby Property Bhd chairperson Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Bank Negara Malaysia governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus, Majlis Amanah Rakyat chairman Dr Hasnita Hashim and the Malaysian National News Agency CEO Nurini Kassim.