Trust the wisdom of the Council, Robert Kuok urges Malaysians

May Robertson
Business tycoon Robert Kuok leaves Ilham Tower after attending his first meeting with the Council of Elders in Kuala Lumpur May 22, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok has urged Malaysians to put their trust in the Council of Eminent Persons.

After his first meeting today with the council appointed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Kuok said that those selected were excellent people.

Besides Kuok, the team consists of former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, former Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Petronas Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Hassan Marican, and economic Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

“The council comprises of very fine Malaysians,” he said.

“I happen to be living in Hong Kong so I don’t attend often, but Daim, Zeti, Hassan and Jomo are excellent people. Trust them.”

The 94-year-old also said that the council wanted Malaysians to be well taken care of.

“All of us wish our country well, we hope the people, especially the ‘rakyat’ are taken care of.”

Meanwhile, Daim said that the council had touched on fuel subsidy in their discussion today.

He noted that they did not touch on Malaysia’s RM1 trillion debt and told reporters present that he would speak on Saturday concerning this and other matters.

The council met with Khazanah and Employee Provident Fund chiefs today, alongside several government bodies including the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.