A woman to head Agrobank?

By BERNAMA / Pic By TMR File

FINANCE Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture) has dropped a hint that Agrobank, a government-owned bank, may be headed by a woman.

Speaking at a strategic collaboration forged between Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), SME Bank Group and Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) in Cyberjaya yesterday, he touched on the empowerment of women under the Pakatan Harapan government as many were appointed to lead and head local banks.

He said yesterday was the first time he met new BSN chairman Rossana Annizah Rashidi, who was appointed to the post on Feb 1, 2020.

Lim also mentioned the names of women appointed to the top management of banks and government agencies, including Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd chairman Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan, Malayan Banking Bhd chairman Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsudin and MDEC CEO Surina Shukri.

“This shows that we’ve made the appointments not based on personal relationships but the merits and capabilities shown,” he said.

On Agrobank, Lim hinted that a woman might head the bank, for which its current covering president/ CEO is Khadijah Iskandar.

“(For) Agrobank, let’s wait. Agrobank may also have one (a woman), so let’s wait.

“But the most important thing… we can see deputy prime minister is a woman. One day, the PM may be a woman but before that maybe a woman needs to become finance minister first,” he said. — Bernama