PETALING JAYA: Datuk A. Kadir Jasin has slammed what he says is "misreporting and the misrepresentation" of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP).
"While the Pakatan Harapan Government encourages freedom of expression, it is still unprofessional and unethical for journalists, writers and Members of Parliament to make comments based on untruth and hearsay," he said in a post on his blog on Monday (July 30).
The veteran newsman said Khairy Jamaluddin was among those who had made criticised the CEP.
Kadir said among these were the Rembau MP's statement that members of the CEP were unelected and accusing CEP leader Tun Daim Zainuddin of "exceeding his authority by purportedly asking Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Shariff to resign".
"Everybody knows that. If they were elected, they would be in the Parliament answering KJ.
"As a parliamentarian and a former minister, people expect him to check his facts. Did he ask Raus if this is true? If he did not, it shows that he is being irresponsible and should apologise," he said.
Kadir also called out Khairy and Umno president and Bagan Datuk MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for issuing statements on the en-bloc resignation of the Khazanah Nasional Berhad board.
He questioned whether Khairy had checked the company accounts beyond what was reported in the annual reports and press statements.
"The Government and the CEP have discovered enough evidence to conclude that their old ways of doing business were bad and had led to billions of ringgit of losses and missing funds," he said.
Kadir also criticised Zahid for hoping that there will be no political appointees in the boards of GLCs and GLICs (Government-linked and Government-linked investment companies).
"The Pakatan Government has made it very clear about this. It would not flood the GLCs and GLICs with political appointees at the board and management levels, which the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government did.
"It was these political appointees who ran such iconic agencies like Mara, Felda, Tabung Haji and Felcra to the ground," he said.
On criticism of Daim's recent trip to China, Kadir pointed out that Dr Mahathir had been sending the former finance minister as his special envoy all over the world since 1981.
Kadir also said that the CEP's main task was to collect information on the activities of GLCs and other Government agencies to analyse them and present their findings to the Prime Minister.
"It is up to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet to decide what to do with the findings," he said.
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