Make CEP report public, says Kit Siang

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today joined the chorus of calls for the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) report to be made public.

Lim said he had not seen the report, which was submitted to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Aug 7, and was not aware of the recommendations made.

“I am saying this for the first time: this report should be made public.

“We should let the public know, debate and discuss, and bring about institutional and structural reforms to prevent the mistakes of the past from happening again,” he said in a panel discussion at a forum titled “New Malaysia, Old Politics” at Universiti Malaya today.

Also present were economist KS Jomo, political economist Terence Gomez and Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs fellow Tricia Yeoh.

Aside from Lim, many others have called for the CEP report to be made public, including electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0, the G25 group of eminent Malays, the Asli Centre for Public Policy Studies and Kapar MP Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.

Lim said the public should “put pressure on Mahathir” to make the report public.

However, Mahathir himself had said the CEP report would not be made public as it was the business of the government.

He said the CEP’s duties were to investigate and present its report to him for further action.