Olympic body now says no decision yet on appointing Jho Low-linked individual

Olympic Council of Malaysia president Norza Zakaria (left) with his deputy Abdul Azim Zabidi. Norza today says a report on the appointment of a woman who previously worked for Low Taek Jho is ‘hearsay’. (Bernama file pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) now says it has not formalised the appointment of an individual who once worked for Low Taek Jho, the businessman who has been on the run over his involvement in the 1MDB scandal.

This comes a day after FMT reported yesterday that Ung Su Ling, who headed a charity arm which reportedly channelled millions of dollars for Barisan Nasional’s election campaign in 2013, has been appointed as OCM’s chief operating officer.

“I want to make it very clear we have never announced officially, or issued a statement. The media picked it up purely on hearsay,” OCM president Norza Zakaria told reporters today following a board meeting to address the publicity generated by the report.

Meanwhile, in an about-turn, his deputy Abdul Azim Zabidi today denied confirming her appointment to the press.

“They asked the question, and again this was information they got from God knows who, that the number one candidate was Ung Su Ling. I confirmed that she was the top one.

“I also went on to explain, the process of how she became number one, that’s all,” said Azim.

Yesterday, Azim confirmed Ung’s appointment to FMT, and defended her as qualified and experienced, adding that she was chosen from some 60 other candidates for the post.

But Azim today said Ung’s appointment was still under discussion, adding that a decision would only be made by the end of the month after consultation with stakeholders.

Ung was the CEO of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M), which was named by The Wall Street Journal in 2015 for allegedly spending millions of ringgit to help BN in the 2013 general election.

Last year, business weekly The Edge said Ung joined Low’s family business Wynton Group, in a special report on the “who’s who of Malaysians in Jho Low’s web”.

Meanwhile, OCM today revealed that the post of COO was created based on a report conducted by consultants Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd.

Norza said the post was proposed by the board three months ago.