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By Chris Maskilone

KOTA KINABALU: Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Chairman of the Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) (IDS) announced that Datuk Dr. Johan Arriffin Samad is no longer the CEO of IDS.

This was following a recent decision of the Board of Directors not to confirm his appointment upon expiry of his six months’ period of probation which ended on 31st May 2019.

Tan Sri Simon Sipaun. SNT File Pix

Until a suitable replacement is found, the Deputy CEO of IDS, Anthony Kiob, will take charge of the day to day activities with immediate effect, said Sipaun in a statement today.

Sipaun stated that a letter has been sent to the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal dated 3rd June 2019 informing him of IDS Board of Directors’ decision not to confirm Datuk Dr. Johan Arriffin Samad’s services as IDS CEO.

A similar letter dated 3rd June 2019 was sent to Dr Johan to inform him of the board’s decision.

Datuk Dr Johan Arifin Samad. SNT File Pix

“On behalf of IDS, we would like to extend our gratitude to Datuk Dr. Johan and wish him well in his future endeavours.

‘The Board has full confidence that IDS has capable and experienced manpower and will proceed with a seamless transition to undertake all projects and research works for the State Government,” he said.

Anthony Kiob. SNT File Pix

“The institute has no urgency to hire a new CEO at this moment in time,” Sipaun added.

On another development, he also announced that Datuk Mohd Hasnol Ayub has resigned as a director of IDS with effect from June 12, 2019.

The Chief Minister yesterday had said that he hoped the issue could be resolved between the IDS chairman and Dr Johan.

IDS is an autonomous research body assisting the Sabah State Government to tap ideas and opinions, and also to analyse public policy proposals before they are implemented.-SabahNewsToday