CEP's retention doesn't mean cabinet is ineffective: Azmin

Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi

KUALA LUMPUR: The government's decision to maintain the function of Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) is not indication that its ministers are ineffective in carrying out their duties.

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the decision was made after seeing that there is a need to retain the advisory body's services at the moment.

“CEP is currently scrutinising various proposals and suggestions from many parties for the government.

“The proposals and suggestions then will be decided before being brought to the Cabinet for further discussion.

“Not because of our (the Cabinet) ineffectiveness,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby today.

On May 12, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the formation of CEP tasked with advising the new PH government on economic and financial matters during the transition of power from Barisan Nasional government.

It is headed by former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin. Other members are; former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former president and chief executive officer of Petronas Tan Sri Hassan Merican, billionaire Tan Sri Robert Kuok and prominent economist Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

Earlier this morning, Dr Mahathir said that CEP would not be disbanded anytime soon.

He also pointed out that he never promised that the advisory body was only for 100 days. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd