Maszlee turns down appointment as chairman of Mara advisory task force

Former education minister Maszlee Malik.

PETALING JAYA: Former education minister Maszlee Malik has rejected an offer to lead a Mara advisory task force.

He said in a statement that any appointment should be made based on the trust of the rakyat and not for personal gain.

The Simpang Renggam MP also said that any decision he makes must be in line with the mandate given to him by his voters and the public at large.

Yesterday, Rural Development Minister Abdul Latiff Ahmad said Maszlee had been appointed chairman of a newly formed Mara advisory task force, which will strengthen the management structure of the corporation and monitor its rationalisation programmes.

Maszlee said his focus presently was on the economic impact of Covid-19 on the rakyat, with a number of constituents needing help.

“Due to that, I cannot accept the appointment now. We are still trying to win the battle against the virus.

“Our country needs to be free of such crises first and people’s lives need to be stabilised,” he said.

He also said Mara had come a long way and he was confident it would develop further, adding that it had created Bumiputera professionals and entrepreneurs.

However, he hoped the agency would give priority to the B40 group, those who depended on daily wages and Bumiputera workers who had lost their jobs because of Covid-19.

“They are the people who really need assistance,” he said.

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