Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is among the government's largest entities and perhaps the most 'glamorous' in terms of scope of duty and the ranks of people who come under its business jurisdiction.
Ananda Krishnan of Maxis and Astro, Shazalli Ramly of Celcom, Digi, the Media Prima Group of Companies and Axiata, to name a few.
They are very much 'attached' to the MCMC regulatory body as to ensure hiccup-free services to their respective clients. As communications and multimedia business generates tonnes of money annually, relations with the MCMC must be kept intact.
MCMC is really in power. As it comes under direct supervisory of Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim, its most senior executives do report to him... or to ministry's sec-gen Kamaruddin Siarap.
But do Rais and Kamaruddin 'really are the bosses' to those few people at the helm of MCMC? And does Rais really keep track on the on-goings at the Commission?
So 'powerful and glamorous' is the MCMC that the executive chairman also holds the chief operating officer position. This '2 in 1' is not something recommendable in any government's agency and institution.
Why is such a situation?
I am not sure if the person in charge is given the power to hire and fire or being paid handsomely for that two positions but the management of the Commission is said to be in the hands of a few, including someone who recently was brought in from another Commission to deal with MCMC most important matters.
Important matters could be a say in issuing out contract to companies deemed close to the inner circle.... or other things.
Is it so difficult to find a COO among the MCMC top guns or someone from outside who has the knowledge and experience in communications and multimedia? I think its not a difficult task to find such a brain as there are abundant of them.
Power and authority should be put to a limit. Those in power, especially the appointed ones, should bear in mind that they are there for a temporary basis and sooner or later, others will take up their positions.
Or is this 'temporary' status that prompted them to wrest whatever opportunity at stake, knowing there won't be a second chance once they are out of the organisation?
I do not wish to comment any further as those at the top should understand the whole situation and evaluate it before it eats up on certain individuals.
There are times when the ones we appointed will in the end turn their back on us!