TTF: When Daim Zainuddin represented Malaysia to China a couple of weeks ago, he did so in his capacity as chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP), an advisory body Dr Mahathir Mohamad established to counsel him on economic matters.
However, Malaysians should take note that the Federal Constitution of Malaysia does not provide that an economic advisory panel be formed to advise the Prime Minister on economic matters.
It follows, that Dr Mahathir Mohamad established the CEP in his capacity as a citizen of the country and not Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The fact that this is true is reflected in his decision to form the council without first consulting the Malaysian Cabinet, which, at the time of the CEP’s formation, had yet to be finalised.
Under the circumstances, the CEP, which comprises members who weren’t even elected by the rakyat, is forbidden to benefit from government resources or to be paid salaries using taxpayer money.
However, when Daim went to China, he did so on behalf of the Government of Malaysia (GoM) and, according to a well placed source, benefited immensely from government resources and taxpayer money which were used to pay his airfare and to handle matters related to his accommodation.
In other words, the CEP is robbing the country of hard-earned taxpayer money.
Besides, there was absolutely no reason for Daim to go to China, considering that his itinerary involved negotiations that encroached on the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance.
Not only was Lim Guan Eng available at the time of his visit, so was Mahathir, who wasn’t even busy entertaining foreign dignitaries or ill to the point that he couldn’t travel.
What this means, is that Mahathir is running the GoM through a “cabal of dictators” and has absolutely no confidence in or regard for the Malaysian Cabinet.
In other words, not only is the Malaysian Cabinet under the Mahathir administration a farce, the 14th general election (GE14) was pointless, in that the real people running the show aren’t those Malaysians voted into power.
Thus, when Azmin argued (see news item below) that the present Cabinet was “very strong” and the PM’s choice (in retaining the CEP) was simply a matter of necessity, he lied.
He should instead have admitted that the CEP was put in place to renegotiate contracts that the Najib administration signed with China to redefine terms in ways that benefited both him and Mahathir.
KUALA LUMPUR: The prime minister’s decision to retain the Council of Eminent Persons is not indication that his ministers were ineffectual, said Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
The economic affairs minister said it was simply Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s prerogative to keep the quasi-official advisory council beyond the previously stated 100 days.
Azmin argued instead that the present Cabinet was “very strong” and the PM’s choice was simply a matter of necessity.
“He (Dr Mahathir) has made it clear he needs more time as there were many issues (already there) when we came into Putrajaya,” he said in reference to the administrative capital.
“As there are many issues, the prime minister needs more time to study those reports (presented by the CEP),” he said.
Dr Mahathir said today the CEP will continue its efforts to advise him and the government.
Source: The Malay Mail Online