Photo: Datuk Dr Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff Credit: NSTP/ROSDAN WAHID
Datuk Dr Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff has stepped down from his poast as Chairman of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), according to a report by Free Malaysia Today. Further, he had informed the Finance Minister of his decision to step down in August and to Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa in early September, the report said.
“I have been vocal in many ways driving these changes, as time is of immense essence. Listening to various stakeholders, particularly the industry and the people, in charting out the digital economy for the many.
Rais came under the heat from shipping associations for his disparaging remarks about Wee on the cabotage issue on Sept 30, according to a report in TheEdge Markets.
He criticised the minister via Twitter over his stance on the cabotage policy issue, which concerned the reinstatement of the cabotage exemption for submarine cable repairs.
This prompted Malaysian Shipowners’ Association chairman Datuk Abdul Hak Md Amin to come to the minister’s defence. He labelled Rais as “a disgrace not only to his industry but his peers” for the act and called for his removal.
“I have, at all times, never compromised my principles in performing my duties. At times there were some very difficult decisions made, unpopular as it may be, but they were the right decisions, guided by good governance and integrity.
“It would have been much easier to just ‘follow’ instructions from the shareholder ministry and/or the supervisory ministry, but that would be tantamount to a huge battle of conscience. I have always believed in doing the right thing anchored on the right principles. Anything less would have crossed my red lines that I have drawn myself,” he said in the statement.