Mahathir: CEP to stay, Daim to stay as his head
Published on: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
BEIJING: The services of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) are still needed, and Tun Daim Zainuddin will continue to lead the Advisory Group, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
When he spoke at a press conference before he ended his visit here on Tuesday, August 21, Dr. Mahathir said he had not given the CEP a 100-day timetable, adding that he still has an urgent need for his services.
"I never mentioned anything (about) 100 days, I want him (CEP chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin) there", he said when he was asked to comment on Daim's statement that the 100-day mandate of the council has officially ended.
On Monday, August 20, Daim said that the last day of the council was on Sunday, August 19, and that everyone in the council returned to their respective jobs.
"Including the secretariat, we are all volunteers," said Daim, who refused to respond if the CEP was dissolved or not.
He added that he will make an appointment with Dr. Mahathir to see what role he has in mind for the board.
On Thursday (August 16), Dr. Mahathir said that the CEP will not be dissolved, although her mandate will end.