I never said CEP was only for 100 days, says Dr Mahathir

Saidon Idris

BEIJING: The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) has not been disbanded yet, as far as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is concerned.

The prime minister said this was because the council’s services are still very much needed.

Dr Mahathir said he never said that the CEP would only be needed for 100 days.

“He (Daim) said 100 days, I never said I only needed him for 100 days to carry out some of my work.

“Daim has access to a wealth of information, so it is imperative that he continues his work,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at the end of his five-day trip to China.

The council was set up by Dr Mahathir on May 12 with the objective of advising the prime minister on socio-economic and financial matters.

Its members include former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former president and CEO of Petronas Tan Sri Hassan Merican, billionaire Tan Sri Robert Kuok and prominent economist Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

Daim, who chairs the CEP, had at a press conference on Monday said the council has ended its 100-day tenure.

He said the council, which held its final meeting on August 17, has fulfilled the mandate given to it within the specified period.

He said the CEP had also completed its report and recommendations and would be submitting it to Dr Mahathir when he returns to China.

“Our work is done. All the mandates given have been completed. All suggestions will be presented in a report to the prime minister upon his return from China,” he told a press conference at Ilham Tower. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd