The name Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar might not be as prominent as several other high profile ministers in Malaysia but this is set to change as the newly appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department has made some very startling remarks of late.
Abdul Wahid holds the title of Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri and is the minister in charge of the economic issues with the Prime Minister’s office. He was appointed as Senator after the 13th General Election and started his duties after taking over from his predecessor Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.
Abdul Wahid is an economist in profession and his most remarkable achievement would be his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Maybank and rightfully so been appointed to be in charge of Financial Affairs.
When he was appointed to the government, he vowed to do everything in his power and use his experience in managing the largest banking group in the country to help Malaysia achieve Vision 2020.
He came under the spotlight recently for his remarks that it would be unavoidable for toll rates to increase in 2014. This did not go well with many of his critics and obviously agitated for the constant criticisms, he said that motorists who are upset with the increase of toll rates should use alternative routes because the toll concessionaires would be adjusting their rates anyhow.
In other words, he was saying claimed to be saying that if anyone cannot afford to pay the new increased toll rates, they should use the other options which are free.