KUALA LUMPUR – June 7, 2017: Datuk Zakaria Arshad, the president and chief executive officer of Felda Global Ventures Holdings, who has been suspended from work by its board has made clear that he doesn’t see the need to resign unless proven guilty.
He is also supportive of the government’s decision to appoint former minister Datuk Seri Idris Jala as an independent party to establish the facts of the case that led to Zakaria’s suspension and also to suggest the best way forward for FGV.
When met outside the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in Putrajaya later this afternoon, Zakarian said he didn’t see why he should resign.
“I have never thought about resigning my posts in FGV. Unless and until proven guilty, I don’t see why I have to resign.”
The suggestion that both Zakaria and FGV chairman Tan Sri Mohd. Isa should resign voluntarily came from the head of the Special Affarts Department, Datuk Puad Zarkashi.
Zakaria and three senior FGV executives have been suspended by the board effective yesterday and it is obvious from statements by Zakaria that he has been having problems with Isa.
Today Zakaria was at the MACC for about four hours to give his statement regarding FGV’s business with a foreign company, said to be the main reason for the board’s decision against the four senior executives.