Although the board of directors of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) has endorsed the appointment of Mohammed Emir Mavani Abdullah as president and chief executive officer, questions still remain - for how long? Sources said his appointment is official for the time being but the duration of his contract will depend on the authorities. "No one really knows for how long he will be FGV captain except the prime minister. It all depends on him. We are in the dark as well. But the board has endorsed Emir's appointment," a source said.
- An English daily reported yesterday that Emir, who took over from Tan Sri Sabri Ahmad on Tuesday, may not complete his full term. The report also said according to online sources, speculation is rife that his doctorate did not come from an accredited university. "In a meeting on Tuesday, the board has advised Emir not to use his doctorate. Emir himself has insisted that his peers call him Encik Emir," said another source.
- He added that the working relationship between Emir and his staff is cordial and professional, and employees continue their business as usual. Sentiments on the ground, however, tell a different story, with rumblings that Felda staff and settlers favour one of their own sons, FGV chief operating officer Datuk Khairil Anuar Aziz.
- "Felda folk prefer Khairil but let's not forget that Emir was born in a Guthrie plantation in Malacca" said another source. (BT)