The makers of this classy (but hisap darah) Macintosh computer, iPod and iPhone look set to invite Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to replace Steve Jobs as the CEO of this legendary technology company.
CAPTION: Apple OS-X
That’s the logical conclusion of the Business and Technology editors of Mat Cendana’s Blog Review, based on their interpretation of recent events (“This blog has… editors??”).
And news of this speculation by the influential Mat Cendana’s Blog Review saw Apple Inc shares trading at $209.04 – a sharp increase of $6.95 or 3.5% in the opening minutes of trade in New York.
This speculated appointment, and investors’ vote of confidence, is a big blow to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He had claimed that Anwar, who was his former deputy, “knows nothing about the economy”.
[Editor’s Comment: That may be true, but in business, the ability to autar is more important. Maybe that’s why Apple might consider him?]
Last month, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had announced that Anwar was appointed as the economic advisor to the Selangor government. Khalid said this was to “help ge-ge-nerate economic growth and increase investment in Se-Se-Selangor."
Anwar gets a fixed monthly allowance of RM1 (US 29 cents). Yearly, he will get RM12 or US$ 3.48.
Last week, Associated Press technology writer Jessica Mintz reported this stunning bit of information: that Jobs will be paid only $1 for 2009! (RM3.44)
CAPTION: “What am I going to live on?! Nasi kerabu with daging bakar is already RM3!”. Steve Jobs, on hearing the insult, mengamuk while holding a knife.
It must be remembered that Jobs was relieved of his duties as Macintosh head in 1985, before returning in 1996. This paying of only $1 indicates what Apple thinks of him as CEO.
Compare that to Anwar’s better yearly rating at US$ 3.48 – it is reasonable to conclude that Anwar will be offered the CEO post of Apple Inc… as soon as someone takes away the knife Jobs is holding.
Menteri Besar Khalid is right after all about Anwar: I believe that he can help the state government's development agenda and his qualification is unquestionable.
But will Anwar still hold the Selangor job (Job?) when he will be in charge of a company with a staggering market capitalisation of $188 billion (RM654 billion)? HOWEVER, we predict he will still want to be Prime Minister of Malaysia... even for ONE DAY. Dah muka jenis macam tuuuu…