Abdul Wahid, the former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, was also tasked by the government to enhance Bumiputera participation in business and corporate sector; and to support the government in providing more affordable homes for Malaysians.
“Thank you for all the support you have given to me in my previous roles. I look forward to your continued support in my new role as chairman of this very important national institution,” he said in a statement today.
Over the past 28 years, Abdul Wahid said he had the privilege of working in many organisations including KPMG, Bumiputra Merchant Bankers, UEM Group, Telekom Malaysia, Maybank and the government of Malaysia, before deciding to take a two-month break.
“Apart from my first two jobs at KPMG and BMB, I did not apply for the other positions. They all came by invitation,” he said.
“The key lesson learnt for the young people is to focus on the task at hand, do your job well and your reputation will precede you. Even your competitor will acknowledge your achievements,” said Abdul Wahid.
He said during his eight-week break, he did things that he had always wanted to do and for the first two weeks, he spent his time clearing up his work and preparing the Economic Planning Unit office for his successor.
“The latter part of the second week was when I registered as an Uber partner. I wanted to experience personally what it was like to do ride-sharing as well as how easy or difficult it is to earn a living using the latest technology, and to provide input to policy makers,” he said.
Abdul Wahid said from his experience as an Uber driver, he hoped for Uber and Grabcar to reduce their portion of takings so that a much higher proportion would go to the drivers.
“Anyway, I will leave it to the government and SPAD (Land Public Transport Commission) to come up with the appropriate policy for ride-sharing and the transformation of the taxi industry,” he added.
On the third week of his break, Abdul Wahid and his wife spent their time in Madinah and Makkah while the fourth and fifth week were spent celebrating the month of Ramadan and Aidilfitri.
He said the sixth and seven week were spent visiting friends and attending Hari Raya open houses, where he also took the opportunity to visit several resorts in the country.
“As I write this note, my wife and 1 are on our last day of ‘honeymoon’ in Maldives. Yes, vacation with family including your parents and extended family is important,” he said.