PETALING JAYA: The proposed National Consultative Council 2 (NCC2) should be set up under the auspices of the Conference of Rulers, says Datuk Seri Nazir Razak.
The prominent banker said the Conference of Rulers was the “right platform” to originate an NCC2 so it could be as independent as possible.
“Maybe with the issues at hand and today’s demands of governing and the governed, the NCC2 should be set up under the auspices of the Conference of Rulers with the support of the Government, political parties, civil society, academics, religious leaders and businessmen.”
Nazir said this in his speech at the launch of The Star’s book Moderation, a collection of essays by prominent Malaysians and journalists, at Menara Star here yesterday.
The National Consultative Council (NCC) was set up in 1970 after the May 13, 1969, riots to “establish positive and practical guidelines for inter-racial co-operation and social integration for the growth of a Malaysian national identity”.
It was created by Nazir’s father and the country’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
Nazir, who is the CIMB Group chairman, had first mooted the idea for the NCC2 during a luncheon address at the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2015 in October last year.
“At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’d like to take this opportunity to repeat what I’ve said – we need a national platform for reconciliation.
“And we need to discuss moderately, behind closed doors, the long list of sensitive issues that includes the state of our education system, affirmative action, the role of religion in national life, the integrity of the federation, the issues of corruption and competitive politics and of course, rebuilding trust in our institutions,” he said.
After the ceremony, Nazir told reporters a collective voice from the people was vital to launch the NCC2.
“If there is a collective voice that is something good for Malaysia, I’m sure the Government and the Conference of Rulers will respond (to the suggestion),” he added.
The proposal to set up the NCC2 has also been positively received by prominent Malaysians.
Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh said he fully supported the proposal.
“I think it’s a very important mechanism and something that can perhaps set a new direction for the country,” Yeoh said.
Asli Centre of Public Policy Studies chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said he hoped Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would give serious consideration to his younger brother’s views.
“Nazir’s views mean a lot and he has struck the right chord with most people in Malaysia.
“We want to examine where we have fallen short of expectations and the philosophy of the Constitution in regard to our founding fathers and their ideals.
“We have come a long way. We have succeeded greatly but we also have many weaknesses and if we don’t address them, those weaknesses can overwhelm us,” he said.