KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet will consider a suggestion to release the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) report from the Official Secrets Act, says Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
“I understand a meeting will be held and the Cabinet will decide on this. I will talk to the prime minister myself.
“As of now, there are a few matters that can’t be revealed because the issues are unresolved,” she told reporters this afternoon.
Yesterday, 50 NGOs urged the government to make public the CEP report, instead of placing it under the OSA.
The NGOs said the OSA is a repressive law which needed to be reviewed and placing the CEP report under OSA meant that the government was hiding something.
CEP chairman Daim Zainuddin had said he wanted the report to be made public so that it can be open for debate.
Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali and CEP member Jomo K Sundaram have also disagreed with the decision to classify the report under OSA.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government cannot make the CEP report public as some matters are still at the consultation stage.
He said he was aware that the government would be accused of not being transparent due to this stand, but it needed more time before making any further decision on the matter.
“I do not know what it is that we can’t tell as we’ve revealed almost everything. But there are some matters under consultation and we cannot reveal what we are negotiating until a decision has been reached.”