Irwan on Malaysian central bank governor speculation: 'I don't know'

Irwan on Malaysian central bank governor speculation: 'I don't know'

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah is unsure if he will be replacing Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz as Bank Negara governor.

When contacted by The Star, the Secretary-general of Treasury said that "he doesn't know" if he will be the new Malaysian central bank governor.

According to The Wall Street Journal report on Saturday, Irwan is expected to be named as the new Bank Negara head by the Government next week after formal confirmation by Yang di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim.

The financial daily said that Irwan, who is a member of Bank Negara's board, will replace Zeti who is retiring in April after 16 years as governor.

Irwan holds a PhD in economics from IIUM, and a masters in science in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

He began his career in the public sector at the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister's Department in 1984, and later joined the Finance Ministry in 2003.

Irwan also serves as a board member of notable organisations including the Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS), Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), MASS Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp), Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH).

He is also the Chairman of Retirement Fund Incorporated, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Prokhas Sdn. Bhd. and Cyberview Sdn. Bhd.

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