Wan Junaidi refutes cronyism claim in appointment of Zahid’s daughter into SME Corp

By Emma Victoria
THE appointment of Datuk Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, the daughter of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as SME Corp board of director is purely based on merit and is not politically motivated.
Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Nurul was appointed based on her experience as a strategic communications practitioner as well as being an entrepreneur.

“Accusation that this is appointment is politically connected is baseless because as a Minister and MP from GPS which is not even member of Muafakat Nasional , I do not stand to benefit at all from this, neither politically nor in any form,” he said in a statement.

“It is SME Corp that will benefit from Nurul’s experience in entrepreneurship and her influence among the young generation through her IG and FB follower. I believe, based on her credentials and experience, she is able to contribute to the growth of SME Corp,” he said.

Nurul, who was the former Corporate Communications Vice President for Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB), holds a Masters degree in Communications from UPM. She was also a fomer executive director Ri-Yaz Hotels & Resort, former TV Hosts and an event company owner.

“I would also like to point out that prior to the appointment, as part of our SOP, MEDAC has conducted a thorough background check on Nurul Hidayah to ascertain she is free from any legal conviction and she is not a bankrupt.

“She has satisfied all criteria and as such she should be given the opportunity to serve SME Corp.”

Junaidi said as a Malaysian, it is unfair to deny her the opportunity to work for an agency, despite having the right credentials and experience.

“Nurul’s appointment on a board of a strategic agency like SME Corp would certainly increase involvement of women in key decision making position – in line with MEDAC’s focus in assisting and encouraging women’s participation in entrepreneurial and cooperatives sectors.”