Guan Eng: Why pick a failed PM to head recovery council?

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Lim Guan Eng has questioned Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s decision to appoint Muhyiddin Yassin as the chairman of the National Recovery Council.

The DAP secretary-general said in a statement that the appointment showed Ismail was not serious and committed to the country’s recovery plan.

“Has Ismail Sabri run out of ideas so quickly after two weeks as prime minister that he must rely on the previously failed prime minister?”

“He runs the risk of being…Muhyiddin 2.0, the worst prime minister in Malaysia’s history, (who) mismanaged the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in a record 1,824,439 infections and 17,883 deaths on September 4, as well as the worst economic crisis in our modern era,” Lim said.

“In less than two weeks, Ismail has appointed as many ministers and deputy Ministers as Muhyiddin did in 17 months, totalling 74, wasting public funds and resources that could be better utilised to employ contract doctors.

“If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, appointing the very people who failed is worse when they could not even get it right the first time,” he added.

Lim said the NRP was supposed to be a roadmap to control the Covid-19 pandemic while progressively reopening society and the economy towards achieving the new normal by December 2021.

Due to its importance, the council has been chaired by the prime minister, with members comprising experts as well as politicians from both sides of the political divide.

By appointing Muhyiddin to chair the NRP instead of himself, Ismail is “diminishing its importance and relegating its powers to just another ordinary committee”.

“It shows that Ismail is not serious and committed to the NRP. Further, this appointment is seen as a form of political consolation for Muhyiddin after being forced to resign as prime minister,” Lim said in a statement.