Something's brewing at Sime Darby. Heard that there will be a Press conference at the Sime Darby Convention Centre in Bukit Kiara at 2.30pm today.
I wonder if heads will roll for the losses in Qatar and Bakun which exceeded RM2 billion.
When Golden Hope recorded a trading loss of RM40 million before the 2007 merger, the Group CEO Datuk Sabri Ahmad and several others were asked to resign by Sime Darby post-merger.
Two other Golden Hopers Muhammad Mohan Abdullah and Razidan Ghazalli were sacked. Several months later, however, the two were paid off handsomely by Sime Darby, perhaps in an admission of guilt. The two then withdrew their legal action against Sime Darby.
I think the Group CEO of Sime Darby Datuk Seri Ahmad Zubir Murshid and his entire management team should be held responsible for the losses in Qatar and Bakun.
My name is Mohd Ashraf Abdullah. I was born and raised in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. I am a journalist at heart. I served the New Straits Times as a journalist for 17 years, beginning as a cadet reporter in 1988. I was trained to be a political writer. I served the NST in various capacities including as Staff Correspondent of the Kuantan Bureau and London Correspondent. I resigned as News Editor in 2004 to join Golden Hope Plantations Berhad as Deputy General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. Two years later I was made General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. When Golden Hope and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad were merged with Sime Darby Berhad in November 2007, I chose not to accept the offer of employment by the merged entity. I was a scholar of the British Government and possess a Masters Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am also a Jefferson's Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.