Friday, August 28, 2009

Idris Jala & Koh Tsu Koon - two KPI ministers?

Idris Jala, now CEO of MAS, will soon be promoted to be a Minister of KPI. Now is that good news or bad news? There is that belief that since MAS is a GLC, Idris' position as CEO was seen less tenable right from the beginning as UMNO must have a Muslim (preferably a Malay) to head the national airline. They allowed Idris to trouble shoot the airline and as soon as it turns around, the post will go to someone else. If this is the case, then why not let the guy return to Sarawak Shell where he would be more at home? Okay, okay, that may not be true, but knowing UMNO, such moves are not hard to imagine.

The other reason maybe, Koh Tsu Koon as the KPI minister is underperforming and Najib needs a strong figure like Idris to get things going. If this is the reason to go by, wouldn't KTK be receiving a slap on his face? It could probably be a 'constructive dismissal' for KTK too, knowing that one department cannot have two managers so one has to go, and Najib is doing it in a not so subtle manner. I wonder how is the reporting line for these two guys be on the organisation chart? The way I see it, two boxes side by side with a line between them with each end, an arrow head.

Idris Jala is a corporate head and is being driven by KPIs both in Sarawak Shell and MAS. KTK is a politician and may not know the mechanism in devising the various KPIs for the government. It has already been more than a year since KTK assumed the post of KPI minister and todate, he may be falling way behind. With KTK facing such a dillema, Gerakan representation in the government is as good as over.

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