Thursday, August 05, 2010

Does it take a slugfest before Musa Hitam understand accountability?

Sime Darby is due to report its biggest ever loss.

After the last big loss 13 years ago for their foray into banking, Sime Darby is expected to lose between RM2 - 2.5 billion according the Malaysian Insiders.

Tun Musa is adamant not to resign and claim will do so if the mistake points in his direction.

With him determining the direction the Board of Directors to choose the lawyers and auditor to do the forensic, what chance for the Board of Directors to be at fault?

You can't teach an old fox a new trick. This is not about politics of blame but it is about corporate accountability.

Even if the Board of Director is not at fault since they are not in the executive position, the power is ultimately vested in them as the highest authority in the organisation. Every major Company policy and decisions rest with the Board. It is on them that the responsibility to undertake the important role to control and monitor the organisation.

Ahmad Zubir knows that. He is reported by The Malaysian Insiders as already engaged a lawyer. A slugfest in court will be a dirty affair and its repurcussion will go back to the Government. The same Government that appointed Musa.

Musa who is busy finger pointing should realise that ultimately three fingers point back at him.

What is he waiting for?

Before it was Iskandar and now Sime Darby, Musa spells for no luck in business. Resign, undur diri, démissionner, renunciar, त्यागपत्र देना, Cízhí, zurücktreten, отставка, ... in what language does it take for Musa to understand?

Maybe he could only understand f**k off?

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Sime Darby to report biggest ever loss

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 — One-time Malaysian icon, the 100-year-old Sime Darby Berhad, appears to be in a downward spiral as it faces huge losses again after the last one 13 years ago, with top officials being taken off from several units.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the government conglomerate will next month announce that potential full-year net loss could top RM2 billion — and go as high as RM2.5 billion. Most of the losses are down to ill-advised investments in the energy and utilities sector in Qatar as well as tardy business practices in the development of the Bakun dam in Sarawak.

The last time Sime Darby saw red on its balance sheets came after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, when a plunge in the stock market and a sharp depreciation of the ringgit led its financial arm, Sime Bank, to post a RM1.6 billion loss — the largest in Malaysian banking history — for the six months to December 1997. The conglomerate went on to post a six-month loss of RM676.2 million and closed the 1998 financial year with a net loss of RM540.9 million.

It is also learnt that property division managing director Datuk Tunku Badlishah Tunku Annuar has been removed from some units within his division while other top officials are being put on notice after Sime Darby instructed former chief executive Datuk Seri Ahmad Zubir Murshid to take a leave of absence last May 13 in relation to the losses.

But hefty losses and disciplined officials aside, the group could also face crippling billion-ringgit law suits as it moves to abruptly end some of its joint ventures across the globe.


It is understood that since being appointed as the acting chief executive, Datuk Bakke Salleh has been looking at joint ventures involving Sime Darby, arguing that some of these were not as advantageous to the group as others and mooting that they be revisited or ended.

The only hitch is this: All the ventures are legally-binding, were agreed to and vetted by Sime’s legal department, and given the green light by the previous management and the board of directors. A couple of the ventures even pre-dated Zubir’s tenure as the chief executive.

Any move to end these ventures is likely to set off an expensive legal battle for Sime Darby. The conglomerate could also have an embarrassing face-off with Zubir. He has been forced to go on leave but has not quit as the chief executive.

Along the corridors of Wisma Sime Darby, there is growing belief that he will engage a lawyer to protect his interest and avoid being made the scapegoat for all the problems at the conglomerate. A slugfest in court will prove bloody for both Zubir and the board of directors, led by Tun Musa Hiitam, but it could also have serious repercussions for the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

It is widely known that government-linked companies sometimes enter into deals at the behest and urging of government leaders and political masters.

One of the chief concerns of investors on hearing the news that Bakke has been selected to steady the listing ship at Sime Darby was his relative inexperience in running a public listed entity.

He has helmed Tabung Haji and Felda, where profit making were not the primary objective. In both these organisations, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a key objective, and since occupying the hot seat at Sime Darby and meeting senior officials, the view in the conglomerate is that corporate social responsibility will enjoy equal billing with profit making, news which may not cheer investors.

Officials who have met him describe Bakke as driven but impulsive.

Sime Darby closed at RM7.70 per share yesterday, falling one sen from the opening price. It has lost nearly some RM6 billion in market capitalisation since news of its troubles became public last May 13.

Source: The Malaysian Insider

10 comments:

donplaypuks® said...

Bro

This is the last straw. The Musang must go today!

What a shame. Sime was such a beautiful MALAYSIAN MNC company with core biz in Plantations, Health Care and Property Development. Then entered the politicians who forced Sime into national service - Bakun - and ill-advised ventures in the Middle East and elsewhere where they have no expertise.

I say bring in Hassan Merican!

dpp
we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

flyer168 said...

Hello,

The Chairman being the ex-DPM, a Politician...

"Politicians are predisposed not to see spending Other People’s Money as a problem, because spending Other People’s Money is what politicians do for a living.

If politicians thought there were something wrong with it, they would be in a different line of work.

If, by some epiphany, a politician were to realize that spending Other People’s Money is wrecking our health care sector, he would be loath to point it out.

Doing so would only encourage voters to question whether spending Other People’s Money causes problems everywhere else too" - Michael F. Cannon.

"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor" - Thomas Jefferson

"Bankrupt the Nation" Billion Ringgit Global & Domestic Projects...

All the Jet-settings, Helicopter rides, Boat Cruises, Champagnes, Partying with the Star's & the Elite Who's who, etc the "Full Course" are all sponsored by the "Global Masters" - No Limits!!! Unlike in Bolehland...

Guess who is the "Smartest of them all"....Wharton Business School Trained Global "Super Butler" who "Achieved his Assignment Success" for his Global Elite Masters towards their NWO Agenda.

Sakit Jiwa...

Melayus never want to learn...

Sombong Bodoh...Kena "Main" depan belakang atas bawah tidak apa, tapi "Gaya" mesti ada!

You be the judge.

Cheers.

Terongpipit said...

Alhamdulillah.... mujur dia tak jadi PM. Kalau dia PM... dimanakah Malaysia sekarang?

Ntah..ntah dah jadi macam Greece.

Anonymous said...

If you keep on harassing him to resign, the more he will stick to the post out of sheer stubbornness and perhaps arrogance as well.

By staying put he seems to invite anyone even the PM,who is daring enough to remove him.

Only time will tell the degree of shamelessness of this ex-Deputy Premier!

Anonymous said...

Musa Hitam, his BOD and SD top management can't even run a burger stall if they are on their own.

So what do you expect from them.

George Choo said...

Voicey,with respect people like Musa,KJ,Nor Yakub and Amokh does not have the business acumen to run big corporation.Have you heard of this 4 PERSON running a successful business full time.The answer is NO. This 4 person are clever people but the problem is that they are sitting in the BOD of the GLC like Sime and Khazanah to benefit themselves. Musa is better known as a PLAYBOY than a businessman,KJ was the unofficial PM of Malaysia appointed by Pak Lah,Nor Yakub is the corrupt Minister who lost billions of our money gambling in the Forex and Amokh who should be SACKED is still sitting on top at Khazanah despite Khazanah losing billions every year.That is why i always said the government of malaysia is BANKRUPT. BTW,I think you have been working and blogging very hard.TERIMA KASIH VOICEY and TAKE A REST WHICH YOU TRULY DESERVED.

A C said...

Mr Brickwall,

In my humble opinion you are a bit hard on the Tun Musa. Are you seriously ascribing the losses to him? How can he be held accountable?

It should be good enough that he is leading the Group into making good recognition of the losses which might have been accumulated (my conjecture) for a while.

I do feel that your laying of blame in his direction may not be justifiable.

Sincerely,

A Voice said...

Gurindam Jiwa

Could you leave behind yr number?

Anonymous said...

Yes, bring back Hassan Merican from Sembawang Corp, Singapore. No one else can turn around the company and run Sime Darby better than him as long there are no political interference from the government.

namza norman

Anonymous said...

The Govt should ensure only person with proven and successful track record to lead Sime Darby (or any GLC for that metter).

The Govt should also ensure that ex-politician can only be an advisor without authority to decide.

About time this Govet to learn from history and ensure the same mistakes are not repeated.

Nani Cheras.

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