Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has revealed that finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz reached out to him this morning to arrange for a meeting.
According to an Astro Awani report, Mahathir said he believed the request for a meeting is related to the national recovery plan (NRP).
Earlier this week, it was reported that Tengku Zafrul had been appointed as the coordinating minister for NRP.
Mahathir, who is Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, said he has yet to give Tengku Zafrul an answer on the meeting.
“We want to see (how the NRP is implemented). To set up a body is easy but to do the work, to reduce the number of (Covid-19) cases, requires a lot of new ideas.
“I do not know what ideas this finance minister has on reducing (Covid-19 cases) but he asked to see me.
Mahathir said he hoped the government would not add to the dissatisfaction among the people with plans he described as useless and only worsened the situation.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Dr Mahathir also repeated his proposal for a national recovery council consisting of experts on health, virus, economy, psychiatry, and sociology, among others.
He said that Pejuang will table the motion to create the council at the next parliamentary sitting, citing the need to do so quickly as more and more people are suffering as the government’s National Recovery Plan is not working.