His greatest fear, or so Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim said so himself in an interview the other day [Business Times, Dec 22, Why They Want Me Out], was that there were parties that wanted him out of Johor Corp so they could strip the group of its assets. Well, with the assurance given by the new JCorp CEO here Ali Hashim need not have those fears anymore and should pack up gracefully. JCorp Chairman, who is also the Menteri Besar of Johor, has also given the same assurance.
Ali has been at the top of this game for nearly 30 years. Long enough, by any measure. Way, way too long, by some.
JCorp, formerly Johor State Economic Development Corporation, started operations in 1970. Its first CEO was the late Tan Sri Bashir Ismail, a great man whose memoirs I helped edit just before he passed away a couple of years ago.