Dr M: EAC for govt to listen to different views on economy

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  • Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The setting up of the Economic Action Council is to allow the Government to listen to different views on the economy, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Explaining on the decision, the prime minister said when Pakatan Harapan took over government, it could not set up the council, as there were other priorities that need to be looked into.

“When I was the prime minister the last time, I also set up a similar council, but I didn't do it immediately. It was only set up much later.

“The cabinet then had given me full cooperation, but I still set up the council because I want to listen to other views on how to manage the economy.

“Any government that doesn't want to listen to views from outsiders, would go wrong, even if cabinet is made up of brilliant people. It is important to listen,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday (Feb 12).

He was asked to comment on a blog posting written by Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, who is Dr Mahathir’s Communication and Media adviser, that claimed that the setting up of the council was a sign of the

government's admission that its cabinet was still not up to scratch some nine months after coming to power.

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