KUALA LUMPUR — July 24, 2018: Parliament was told today that the government is not bound by the views or decisions by the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP).
This, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk V.K. Liew, is because the CEP had only an advisory role and is without executive powers.
“The previous government had also appointed many advisory bodies such as those for 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The issue of accountability lies with the Cabinet, thus reports given to the government are not necessarily binding on the government,” he said in reply to Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (BN-Rembau).
Prior to this, the sitting became slightly rowdy when Khairy queried the role of CEP which he claimed not only acted as an advisor but also to give orders to the government.
When earlier replying to a question from Khairy on the visit of CEP chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin to China, Liew said this was at the instructions of Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
“If directed, it is alright to go and visit to get views as well as issues concerning the two countries,” he said.
The CEP, established on May 12 after Pakatan Harapan formed the new federal government, acts as a government advisory relating to the country’s economy and finances. So far 340 individuals from 220 organisations have been invited to present their briefings or views.
When met at the Parliament lobby Khairy suggested that the government dissolves the CEP immediately as it not only acts as an advisor but also interferes with the administration of the government. — Bernama