Report: Now, Dr M to drop Pak Lah as Petronas adviser

Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was appointed as Petronas adviser in April 2016, replacing Dr Mahathir Mohamad. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been issued a termination notice on his role as Petronas adviser as part of the oil and gas giant’s latest restructuring exercise, The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) reports.

The business paper quoted Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as saying Abdullah would be “retired”.

“He (Abdullah) has been given a notice that his term is (up) in the course of the restructuring. He will be dropped,” Mahathir said in an interview with TMR.

Mahathir, who was Petronas adviser himself before his services were terminated by the Cabinet in March 2016, said there was no need for an advisory role at the national oil firm as the company had been performing well.

“He is going to be retired because we don’t need an adviser anyway.

“I was adviser for a long time, but of course when I was adviser, I knew a little about the business and so I gave advice.

“But advisors sometimes don’t give advice, so I think we would be wasting money if we just paid as a way to give some money to people,” the prime minister told TMR.

Abdullah was appointed to replace Mahathir as Petronas adviser on April 1, 2016.

Najib Razak, who was prime minister at the time, said Mahathir’s services were terminated as he did not support the then-government.