Daim: CEP’s Mandate over, No Longer Needed, Tells Rakyat to Brace for Tough Calls

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What’s next for the CEP depends on the prime minister.

The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) has completed its 100-day mandate and a report containing its recommendations will be handed over to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad upon his return from China.

Speaking at a packed press conference, CEP chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin said the council’s last day was on Sunday (Aug 19) and all the members in the council had gone back to their respective jobs.

“As far as we are concerned, we have completed our task. The mandate is over.

“Including the secretariat, we are all volunteers,” Daim said, declining to comment if the CEP has been disbanded or not.

He added that he will make an appointment with the prime minister to see what role he has in mind for the council.

On Thursday (Aug 16), Dr Mahathir announced that the CEP will not be disbanded although its mandate will end because he said he still needed its services.

Meanwhile, Daim said the recommendations made by the CEP include measures to strengthen the independence of the country’s core institutions and enhance their respective governance framework with the objective to put an end to the era of widespread corruption and abuse of power that has plagued the country.

Such incidents were made possible due to a breakdown in institutional governance.

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“While the council took cognisance of the weaknesses in the financial condition and the level of poor governance in the government and government agencies, we did not expect the magnitude and severity of the problems to be this grave,” he said, adding that the council did not expect it to be that pervasive and systemic.

He also said the country must be ready for difficult decisions the government must make to undo decades of damage from Barisan Nasional rule.

“There are no quick fixes to the problems that the council has identified and many challenges still lie ahead. 

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“The government and the rakyat must be ready to make and accept difficult decisions for the long-term benefit of the nation,” he added.