New economic council a message to ‘selfie-taking’, underperforming ministers, says Kadir

The prime minister’s communications and media adviser A Kadir Jasin. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya’s move to establish a high-powered Economic Action Council (EAC) is a sign of the government’s admission that its Cabinet is still not up to scratch some nine months after coming to power, says a key aide to Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

A Kadir Jasin, who is the prime minister’s communications and media adviser, said it was no longer a secret that Pakatan Harapan (PH) had failed to live up to people’s expectations.

“In reality, after eight months, the PH government has not been able to show tangible results to the masses,” the PPBM Supreme Council member wrote on his personal blog today.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the names of 16 individuals who will make up the EAC. Among the council’s goals are to spur sustainable growth and ensure equal distribution of wealth.

Kadir said people were disappointed with PH and its Cabinet as well as the public sector, adding that ministers had been out of touch with ordinary Malaysians.

“I have seen myself how a minister is greeted like a king by his own officers, with police escorts accompanying him during walkabouts making it difficult for the people to approach him,” he said.

He said it was “irresponsible” of ministers to expect the prime minister to clean up their “mess”.

He also claimed that ministers would rarely go down to the ground, and were more interested in taking selfies with their aides.

“In a Felda, Felcra or rural programme, one should sit with the villagers, farmers, fishermen and traders,” he said.

He added that it was time ministers stopped discussing petty matters on their social media.

He said ministers must also must put a stop to expensive trips including “vacations at the Alps, private jets or first class flights to Monte Carlo”.