Rosli Yaakub re-appointed to HRD Board most likely to oversee reform exercise

HUMAN Resources Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong has re-appointed Datuk Rosli Yaakub to the board of the Human Resource Development Corp (HRD Corp) after the latter having completed the term of his appointment last year.

“Welcome back, Datuk Rosli Yaakub. We chatted for one hour about HRD Corp reform,” the Bukit Mertajam MP announced on X (formerly Twitter) today (Feb 6). “I am confident that the HRD Corp board and management are capable of being a great skills training management body.”

Recall that in May last year, news portal The Vibes had reported that Rosli who was the Finance Ministry’s (MoF) representative on the board of HRD Corp had raised queries and concerns pertaining to a proposal to introduce a skills programme due to lack of clarity on governance and transparency.

His six-page letter was at the time addressed to the HRD Corp chairman. Rosli was then the deputy secretary for governance and monitoring under MoF’s government investment companies’ division.

In the letter headed “Non-compliance with Procurement Procedures in the Skills Passport project” Rosli had articulated his concerns that the project – a skills database cum search engine – was being pushed through without the board’s approval.

Interestingly, HRD Corp threatened legal action by claiming that the issues raised were answered and resolved.

HRD Corp also invoked the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972, stating that Rosli’s letter was protected under the OSA, hence it was “not meant for public consumption or media publication”. – Feb 6, 2024

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