On Tan Sri Isa Samad's Appointment as SPAD Acting Chairman
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Appointments to key positions in government agencies and GLCs should not be treated as a game of musical chairs. We are deeply concerned about how Tan Sri Isa Samad has been made Acting Chairman of SPAD, even as controversy lingers over his stewardship of FGV, which he had recently resigned from.

Tan Sri Isa has not been convicted of any crimes or charged, and he must be treated as innocent until proven guilty. But a person holding any key positions, where public funds and statutory powers are vested, must not only be upright and accountable, but be seen to be so. His high-profile disagreement with suspended FGV CEO, Datuk Zakaria Arshad which led to Tan Sri Isa being questioned by the MACC, has only made his new appointment more controversial.

Tan Sri Isa should consider not accepting his appointment in SPAD, pending the completion of MACC's probe. Such a move is not an admission of guilt. On the contrary, it would demonstrate his commitment to upholding integrity and good governance - values which CENBET promotes.

Meanwhile, the government should consider reviewing the practice of moving around or transferring key government or GLC office-bearers, especially when it involves controversial personalities. Such a practice will send out a wrong message about public accountability.
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