Deputy minister denies non-Muslim appointment at TH-owned hotel

by FARA AISYAH / pic credit: movenpick.com

THE Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) has denied the allegation of a non-Muslim individual’s appointment as GM of a hotel owned by Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH).

Deputy Minister Ahmad Marzuk Shaary said the viral memo — which was signed by TH CEO Datuk Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff — was only a proposal for appointment from TH top management which was brought to the board meeting for approval.

He added that the proposal raised by Nik Hasyudeen has never been brought into any discussion with the ministry or himself before being submitted to the board.

“However, the proposal was rejected by the board members in the meeting held on Oct 1.

“With this rejection, there is no more question of the individual’s appointment, and I would like to explain thoroughly and conclusively that the appointment of the non-Muslim GM did not take place, as claimed or aggravated by some parties,” Ahmad Marzuk said in a statement recently.

He said the management of TH has been instructed to resubmit the proposal for the hotel’s new GM, who is a Muslim, to be more suitable and in line with the vision and identity of the Muslim’s investment institution.

Last week, a memo showing Nik Hasyudeen recommending a 61-year-old female, Jerina Wong, as the new GM for Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre (MHCC) KLIA, Sepang, was widely circulated across all social media platforms.

Wong and other three nonMuslim candidates were nominated by the AccorHotels director of operations Fabrice Mini via an email dated Aug 31, 2020.

The new GM is set to succeed Hairul Maharis Mohamed who will complete his three-year service with the hotel in December 2020. The memo stated that TH and AccorHotels agreed to appoint a new GM for MHCC based on the overall performance of the hotel operations, findings and conclusion about him when carrying out the tasks and responsibilities.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a parliamentary written reply in July that TH’s total assets in the first half of the year stood at RM78 billion, which exceeded its liabilities.

He also said the pilgrim fund recorded a good performance for its financial year 2019 (FY19).

“For the FY19, which is still under audit, TH generated a total of RM3.2 billion through fixed-income asset investments, which produced RM1.6 billion or 51% of overall revenue.

“Property investment and equity contributed RM500 million, while Islamic money market instruments generated RM400 million in 2019,” Muhyiddin said.

He had also clarified that TH is not being controlled by non-Muslims as alleged by certain quarters.