PETALING JAYA: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic) denies allegations that the Economic Action Council (EAC) was created due to the Prime Minister's dissatisfaction with the current Cabinet's performance.
“This is not true at all ... . In Pakatan Harapan, we work collectively, even Cabinet decisions are done collectively with all ministers,” said Azmin.
“This council is made up of experts with their respective specialities, they have good reputations in society and their input is important for us to consider.
“We have to make these decisions together as it will have a positive effect on the rakyat,” he told reporters at the launch of Amal by Malaysia Airlines on Tuesday (Feb 12).
Azmin said that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wanted to create an economic action council that was action-orientated to plan effective implementation strategies for long- and medium-term policies.
“Among the main goals are to address the well-being of the people, the high cost of living, and the increasing cost of goods.
“The council will look at what are the immediate and medium-term actions that can be taken,” he added.
Azmin also denied rumours he was sacked as PKR deputy president.
“With new technology and social media, it is easy for irresponsible parties to spread dangerous fake news,” he said.
On Monday (Feb 11), Dr Mahathir announced the formation of the 16-member EAC comprising himself, ministers and business leaders.
The council will examine and decide on economic and financial affairs and welfare of the people.