New minister to set up 4 advisory councils

Yeo Bee Yin says she has to handle the most technical ministry and admits she’s not an all-rounded expert. (Facebook pic)

PUTRAJAYA: The energy, technology, science, climate change and environment ministry will establish at least four advisory councils in two to three weeks’ time, said its new minister Yeo Bee Yin.

She said the establishment of the councils, which would comprise experts in various fields, was necessary because the ministry was involved in many technical matters.

“It is the most technical ministry compared with other ministries and I’m not an all-rounded expert. Therefore, we need to have the advisory councils.

“In fact, the deputy minister (Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis) and I are both still young and need to have good advice from experts in each area,” she said after attending her ministry’s Hari Raya celebration here today.

According to Yeo, the advisory councils would cover several areas, including electricity generation; science and technology; climate change and environment.

She said, however, no specific allocation would be provided for the councils.

“I believe that many people would like to contribute their ideas. Those who have retired and have extensive experience can submit their resume,” she said.

Meanwhile, asked to comment on the call made by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli for the government to review its decision to increase electricity tariffs following the implementation of the Imbalance Cost Pass-Through mechanism, Yeo said she would look into the matter after getting the feedback from the relevant parties.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry also intends to set up a consultative council to discuss foreign policies with experts in the field.

Its minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, said for a start, it would be a small group of 10 to 12 people and he would chair it himself.

It would include ministry officials, former ambassadors, interested parties, think-tanks and experts in international areas.

“We will also have representatives from the private sector as they are also involved in international trade and commerce,” he told reporters after attending a dialogue session on national integration and unity here today.

“I also expect there will be a parliamentary committee on foreign policies,” he said, adding that the proposal to set up the committee will be taken to the Cabinet.

Saifuddin, who was sworn in as minister yesterday, stressed that the best ideas were needed as Malaysia’s foreign policy was important in the context of the new government today.