Why double standards? EAC also existed during Najib’s era, says Rafidah

Rafidah Aziz.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former minister Rafidah Aziz charged today that some groups are demonstrating double standards in criticising the recent establishment of the Economic Action Council (EAC).

She said the EAC was also set up during the premierships of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak and the first run of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as chief executive of the nation.

“Establishing the EAC is not related to the failure of the government to resolve economic matters. If that is true, why did no one raise this during the eras of Pak Lah (Abdullah Badawi) and Najib?

“I too was involved in the EAC in the previous government but no one questioned it then,” said Rafidah at the National Cancer Society Malaysia’s fundraising event today.

The former international trade and industry minister also shrugged off remarks by those who questioned her membership in the new EAC.

“Is it wrong that I am involved? Because I am old and should be pushed aside?” she asked.

On Feb 11, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the establishment of the EAC to drive the economy forward, spur sustainable growth, ensure equal wealth distribution and enhance the well-being of the people.

Some people, including Mahathir’s media adviser A Kadir Jasin, had said the need for the EAC showed the Cabinet was ineffective.

The 16-strong council includes politicians, top economists and financial advisers such as Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Rafidah, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Permodalan Nasional Bhd chairman Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Public Bank managing director Tay Ah Lek and Majlis Amanah Rakyat chairman Hasnita Hashim.