PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali on Tuesday (Feb 12) denies allegations that the Economic Action Council (EAC) was created due to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad'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," he Azmin.
"This council is made up of experts with their respective specialities, they have good reputation in society and their input is important for us and we will use this to decide on actions to be taken."
Mr Azmin said Tun Dr Mahathir wanted to create a council that was action-orientated to plan effective strategies for the administration's 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 actionsMalaysian minister Azmin says new economic council not due to Cabinet's poor performance that can be taken," he added.
Dr Mahathir announced on Monday 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.
However, Dr Mahathir's confidante, Datuk A Kadir Jasin, wrote on his blog on Tuesday morning that the EAC was convened due to the premier's realisation that his current administration's machinery, especially the Cabinet, is unable to handle issues related to economy, finance and welfare of the people.
"We don't need to pretend merely to protect the feelings of anyone or any parties. The reality is that after eight months governing the country, the Pakatan Harapan administration has not produced any tangible results for the public," Mr Kadir wrote in his blog.
On another matter, Mr Azmin rubbished claims he was sacked as the deputy president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), one of the four component parties in Pakatan Harapan.
"With new technology and social media, it is easy for irresponsible parties to spread dangerous fake news," he said.
There were allegations on social media that Mr Azmin was sacked from his party following differences with PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.