Azmin admits CEP report is not a matter of national security


GOMBAK: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali admits that the Council of Eminent Persons' (CEP) 100-day report is not a matter of national security.

"Those are the recommendations, it doesn't involve national security but are purely recommendations by the CEP to the Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) on how to move forward with all these challenges," he told reporters at the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa) building in Gombak on Friday (March 29).

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin's had announced on Thursday (March 28) that the CEP report would not be made public and was classified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

Azmin, when asked if he supported the stand that the report should be disclosed to the public, merely replied that it was not a matter of national security.

"Well, certainly it is not a matter of national security.

"These are just suggestions to bolster efforts to boost the country's economy and a few recommendations from the private sector," he said.

He said the CEP had already finished their original objective of providing suggestions to the Dr Mahathir for his consideration.

"The role of the CEP is to put up the recommendations and to study all the proposals, that is what they have done last year and they have submitted the full report to the Prime Minister.

"From time to time, the Prime Minister tables these recommendations in the Cabinet (meeting) and we will discuss them.

"There are some recommendations that we will consider favourably and some that need further study – this is quite normal," he said


   

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