Fifteen academicians appointed experts to select committee on finance, economy

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 15 academicians in the field of economics from public universities and private institutions of higher learning have been appointed as experts to the 15th Parliamentary Special Select Committee on Finance and Economy (JKPKKE).

Parliament, in a statement Monday (Nov 27), said the experts would be responsible for giving advice and referrals to the select committee on economic and finance-related matters.

Those appointed included Malaysian Inclusive Development and Advancement Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Minda-UKM) director Prof Tan Sri Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali; Institute for Poverty Research and Management (Inspek), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan director Prof Dr Wan Ahmad Amir Zal Wan Ismail; dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Prof Dr Aini Aman; and head of the School of Economics at University of Nottingham Malaysia Dr Teo Wing Leong.

The experts received their letters of appointment at an event officiated by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Johari Abdul, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and JKPKKE chairman Datuk Mohd Shahar Abdullah on Monday.

The recipients of the letters were recommended by the Academic Excellence Division of the Department of Higher Education under the Higher Education Ministry. They were selected based on their vast experience in the fields of finance and economics, investment and international trade, global value chains, economic development and econometrics.

The statement said Johari hoped that the JKPKKE's role would be further empowered through the advice and opinions given by the experts.

"The select committee is one of the mechanisms of the legislative body that is significant and complementary to the executive body.

"This is in line with the empowerment of legislative instruments which is one of the important agendas in Parliamentary Reform,” he said.

Johari said the collaborative initiative between the Malaysian Parliament and the Higher Education Ministry would hopefully increase the effectiveness and authority of the Special Select Committee in carrying out the check and balance process against the executive body.

The Dewan Rakyat has formed 10 Parliamentary Special Select Committees for the 15th parliamentary session as a check and balance mechanism and to help improve the ministries’ functions, in addition to finding common solutions to issues of the people's interest as well as bringing motions for further discussion and debate in the Dewan Rakyat. - Bernama

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