Daim: CEP still exists but we no longer have meetings

CEP chairman Daim Zainuddin says the CEP still exists as stated by the prime minister.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) still exists but there are no more meetings, said its chairman Daim Zainuddin.

Daim said all the members have gone back to their old jobs.

“The Prime Minister said the CEP still exists (therefore it still exists),” he said when asked to comment on whether the CEP was still having meetings.

Daim said this after spending time with constituents of Titiwangsa at the Sultan Sulaiman Club here today.

The CEP had previously announced that it had completed its mandate and would submit its recommendations to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

However, Mahathir said the CEP was still needed as its members had a lot of experience to sort out various important issues.

He said though the government had its full Cabinet now, many of the ministers were new and have no experience to sort out certain issues.

Mahathir announced the establishment of the CEP after being sworn in as prime minister on May 10, saying it was needed to stabilise a government of inexperienced ministers.

The CEP comprises former finance minister Daim, former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Petronas CEO Hassan Marican, tycoon Robert Kuok and economist KS Jomo.