“We have to be open and in­vest in tal­ent. If we are too con­cerned with whether they are for­eign­ers or not, we will not progress”

New Straits Times - - Business -

DATUK SERI MUSTAPA MO­HAMED, In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter

KUALA LUMPUR: The gov­ern­ment has no is­sue with Zhe­jiang Geely Hold­ing Group Co Ltd and DRB-HICOM Bhd ap­point­ing a non-Malaysian as Pro­ton Hold­ings Bhd chair­man at the in­ter­na­tional level.

In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed said Pro­ton should pick the best tal­ent re­gard­less of na­tion­al­ity.

“We have to be open and in­vest in tal­ent. If we are too con­cerned with whether they are for­eign­ers or not, we will not progress,” he said at a brief­ing af­ter the open­ing of GLC Ex­plorAce 2017, here, yes­ter­day.

He said this in re­sponse to a Berita Har­ian re­port that Geely and DRB-HICOM could be look­ing for a suit­able can­di­date to helm Pro­ton at the in­ter­na­tional level.

There was spec­u­la­tion that Li Chun­rong of Dongfeng Honda En­gine Co would fill the va­cancy.

Mean­while, on GLC Ex­plorAce, Mustapa said the event was a good plat­form for com­pa­nies to gain knowl­edge and pitch busi­ness ideas.

GLC Ex­plorAce is an ini­tia­tive by the In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­istry that gather lo­cal en­trepreneurs, ven­dors and gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies un­der one roof so that they can ac­quire the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on en­trepreneur­ship as well as ex­plore broader op­por­tu­ni­ties.

UEM Group Bhd was the an­chor host, in part­ner­ship with Sime Darby Hold­ings Bhd and Malaysian In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Fi­nance Bhd. Amir Hisyam Rasid

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