Proposed national operations council will not replace the government, says Dr M

PETALING JAYA: The proposed national operations council (NOC) will not replace the government and will only be tasked to reduce Covid-19 cases until herd immunity is achieved, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic).

In a blog post on Saturday (June 12), the former prime minister said that the NOC would not be placed under the government and report directly to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to oversee issues related to the economy, finance, education and Covid-19.

"For politics, Parliament will sit and the actions of the council will be presented to Parliament. Attempts to abolish the NOC will not be pursued by Parliament," he said.

Dr Mahathir said apart from the four matters, other affairs would not be pursued by the NOC.

"Meanwhile, the government can deal with other affairs as long as it does not touch on the four things. The NOC can be dissolved when the country achieves herd immunity or before GE15," he said.

Dr Mahathir said the NOC is needed to ensure that decisions to help the people can be made immediately and implemented without going through complicated bureaucratic processes.

He explained that NOC members will comprise medical experts, experienced investment experts, social mobilisers who have proven ability to help the people during the pandemic, as well as non-partisan legal figures and some political figures who do not act on behalf of the party.

"There will not be more than 20 members. There is no politics in the NOC," he said, adding that council members would be appointed after their names are presented and approved by the King.

"NOC members will serve voluntarily without pay unless given the allowances. They need to consider their appointment as a national service

"If the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and the Conference of Rulers accept the proposal for the establishment of the council, their names will be presented for approval," he said.

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