Resign or be sack!
Bigdog's latest posting reminded me of a line in Monthy Python's British standup comedy, bookshop where he parodied Charles Dicken's Tale of Two Cities as A sale of two titties.
It turns out that A sale of two titties is a title of a porn movie.
Certainly, the negligent and incompetent manner the so-called "illustrious" Board of Directors of Sime Darby carried out their fudiciary duties in Bigdog's latest posting can be described as obscene, repulsive and pornographic.
This is a result of the long practise and culture of appointing members on the Board of PLCs and GLCs as reward for retired politicians and top civil servants. It is like giving flowers to monkeys.
Big Dog was practically launching an already on-going and as good launched campaign to remove the members of the Board of Directors of Sime Darby he dubbed as "The Tale of the Two Tuns, Five Tan Sris and Four Datos".
Why must the illustrious BOD of Sime Darby be removed? Read extract from Bigdog's below:
The stewards who have fiduciary duties over the conglomerate must be accountable. The board of directors (BOD) comprises of ‘illustrious members of the society and corporate community’, with some representing the shareholders.
Having said that, despite of their professional training and aggregate vast amount of exposure and experiences amassed in various capacities through time, they deemed to fail their duties. The convenient blame is when Chairman Tun Musa Hitam told the press, “Management misled us and hid the truth”.
This is unacceptable.
They are members of the BOD. They have the right to ask questions and demand for answers.
If the answers are not convincing enough, then they should talk to the various level of executives. They have an audit committe at the BOD level. They also have the right to interact with the external auditors.
All of these deliverables expected of the BOD are not without basis. The issues that lurk Sime Darby on the Bakun and oil and gas have been openly discussed in market, even in publications, including here in BigDogDotCom.
Unfortunately, all of these fell out of the radar scope of the ‘illustrious members of the BOD’.
Are the members of the BOD felt that they are to high up and well placed in the society that they are indispensable?
We are not sure.
However, the BOD comprises of personalities such as former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam, former Chief Secretary to the Government and now PNB Chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, former Bank Negara Assistant Governor Tan Sri Andrew Sheng, former Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Shamsuddin Osman, former Director General of Education Tan Sri Wan Zahid Nordin, former PwC Executive Chairman and MICPA President Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda and former SIRIM Director General and nuclear engineer Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajudin Ali.
This is accompanied by four other Datos namely former BIMB Supremo Dato’ Dr. Abdul Halim Ismail, prominent lawyer and former SUHAKAM Commissioner Dato’ Paduka Zaitoon Osman, Sime Darby veteran Dato’ Mohamed Sulaiman and a chartered accountant from Britain Dato’ Henry Sackville Barlow.
It is unbelievable these men and lady did not ask Zubir the right questions. Especially when losses that large must be accumulated through time.
There are chartered accountants (Raja Arshad, Mohamed, Barlow), a seasoned banker (Dr Halim) and engineer in the BOD. Four of them were from the pre-Synergy Drive Sime Darby BOD.
The very least, the progress and extension of the projects involved. What is most baffling weren’t they curious the development on these projects, Bakun, MOQ, QP and the marine project in QCC states?
How about the JV ventures with Brunsfield and Sunrise Bhd. and allowed the profits to be shared where else Sime Darby as a seasoned property development group and had all the resources to undertake these projects on its own?
The BOD must be accountable for these and display integrity. They have to go. If not all, the very least most of them.
On the Sime Darby Energy and Utilies losses and scandals, 15 weeks ago here in BigDogDotCom we already demanded some of the BODs be sacked, which include Chairman Musa.
No doubt Sime Darby did show some profits despite the accumulated losses of the four ‘sick’ projects. However, they are supposed to monitor all the developed controls and reporting system which were deemed to be matured and tested through time.
On 7 September 1981, Permodalan Nasional Berhad engineered the ‘dawn raid’ on the London Stock Exchange to ‘bring back’ ownership and control of what is now the Sime Darby Group. British companies which so much from Malaysian resources are now back in the hands of Malaysians, particularly the Malays.
Then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad personally paid attention to this carefully planned and clandestine ‘corporate reverse take-over’.
So why is it that Sime Darby still maintain a Brit (Chartered Accountant and British national Henry Sackville Barlow) on the board, knowingly it has been almost 30 years since and Malaysians have been proven to do the job without them?
It is the right thing to do (resign) for the two Tuns, five Tan Sris and four Datos (with the exception of the CEO, the director from Indonesia Dr. Ariffin Mohamed Sirergar and the Company Secretary). If this is about ‘ego’, then it should have ended sometime back.
No other organisation in the country of 600,000 registered companies which include Bank Negara and Petronas has a BOD with such ‘illustrious members of society’ to “be the steward and safeguard the interests of the shareholders”.
And yet, they ‘failed’ the almost 9 million shareholders (this include the 8.9 million members of the ASB and ASN scheme, which the single largest shareholder of the Sime Darby Group).
If nothing is done soon, then Sime Darby will be known as “The Tale of the Two Tuns, Five Tan Sris and Four Datos” where arrogance, pomp and pageantry rules over virtues like integrity and accountability.
The tale is about ‘great and illustrious men’ failing the Malaysian corporate scene.
* Edited 6:15 PM