Jalaluddin is UDA Holdings’ chairman

Jalaluddin, who is also an Umno supreme council member and Umno Jelebu division chief, was appointed on Wednesday

By ASILA JALIL / Pic By BERNAMA

JELEBU MP Datuk Jalaluddin Alias (picture) has been appointed chairman of UDA Holdings Bhd, confirming speculations regarding his appointment into the company following ongoing changes made at government-linked companies (GLCs).

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives said Jalaluddin, who is also an Umno supreme council member and Umno Jelebu division chief, was appointed on Wednesday.

“We welcome the appointment of UDA’s new chairman into the company’s leadership and we hope he is able to inject passion and aspirations for UDA’s excellence and be willing to take on every responsibility that is given,” it said.

Jalaluddin holds a bachelor’s degree in education and has experience working as a special officer at the Kuala Pilah/Jempol and Jelebu district education offices from 1990-1991.

He was also a member of the Negri Sembilan government council where he was the chairman of the housing and local government welfare.

Jalaluddin has joined a string of politicians who have recently been appointed to helm various GLCs under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration.

On Wednesday, Prasarana Malaysia Bhd announced the appointment of Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman

as its group chairman effective May 11, replacing former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim who resigned on May 7.

Umno VP Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid was also appointed as Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) chairman on Tuesday.

He replaced Tan Sri Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir who became the chairman of the Employees Provident Fund effective May 1.

Mahdzir was the education minister from 2015 until 2018. He also held the position as Kedah Menteri Besar from December 2005 until March 2008.

Previously, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government had promised and stated in its manifesto that politicians will not be appointed to head GLCs.

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also made changes in GLCs such as Petroliam Nasional Bhd and Khazanah Nasional Bhd after PH took over the federal government in 2018.

Another round of changes in the GLCs began taking place after the PN coalition terminated several appointments made by the previous government.

The government is now expected to make further changes to leaderships at GLCs and government-linked investment companies for the upcoming parliamentary sitting on May 18 as several other names have been tipped to helm the agencies.

Among the names are Cameron Highlands MP Ramli Mohd Nor who was speculated to be the chairperson at Amanah Raya Bhd, while Sabak Bernam MP Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh was speculated to become the chairman of Socso (Social Security (Organisation).