KUALA LUMPUR: The report by the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) may not be made public, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The role of the CEP, said the Prime Minister, was to investigate and inform him of their findings.
“Whether I accept the report or not is my business. The main thing is to feed me information I need to make decisions, so it is the government’s business.
“When we make decisions in government, we don’t always publish it,” he said after officiating the Cities 4.0 and Business 4.0 International Conference and Exhibition yesterday.
He had said earlier that he wanted the CEP to continue to function although the body had reached the end of its mandate.
The CEP was formed on May 12 – three days after the 14th General Election – to help shape policies and programmes to achieve Pakatan Harapan’s 100-day promises.
Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said welfare aid should be given only to the most deserving and should be targeted at the right people.
Dr Mahathir had announced on Saturday that Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH), formerly known as BR1M, would be reduced and eventually discontinued.
He added that a proper assessment should be done to find out whether recipients of government assistance really needed it.
“Our strategy is to create jobs for people. People must feel proud that the money they get is the result of their contribution in doing something or selling something,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said distributing welfare aid to people indiscriminately and without looking at their circumstances was a “lazy government’s way of doing things”.
According to Bernama, he said the government would also revive Cyberjaya to be more focused on technology-based industries.
He said there could be a second wave of development in the Multimedia Super Corridor, driven by technological advances.
Separately, he said former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was also finance minister, should have been aware of the movement of money in the Consolidated Fund meant for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds.
“He (Najib) should have known where the money is. Money belonging to the government can’t be spent just like that, (there is a) need to fill in forms, to get permission and there has to be a written record of all movement of money.
“If he says he does not know ... there must be something wrong.
The government will trace the culprit and is ready to take any legal action,” he said.