KUALA LUMPUR: The report of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) may not be made public, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic).
The role of the CEP, said the prime minister, was to investigate him and inform him about their findings.
"Whether I accept the report or not is my business, the most important thing is to give me information that I need to make decisions, so it's the government's business.
"When we make decisions in the government, we do not always publish them," he said after he had organized the International 4.0 and Business 4.0 International Conference and Exhibition yesterday.
He had previously said that he wanted the CEP to continue to function, even though the body had reached the end of its mandate.
The CEP was established on 12 May – three days after the 14th general election – to help shape policies and programs to meet Pakatan Harapan's hundred-day promises.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mahathir said that well-being should only be given to the most deserving and should focus on the right people.
Dr. Mahathir had announced Saturday that Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH), formerly known as BR1M, would be reduced and eventually discontinued.
He added that a good assessment should be carried out to find out whether government aid recipients really needed it.
"Our strategy is to create jobs for people, people have to be proud that the money they get is the result of their contribution to doing something or selling something," he said.
Dr. Mahathir said that providing assistance to people without distinction and without looking at their circumstances was a way of doing things lazily.
According to Bernama, he said the government would also revive Cyberjaya to be more focused on technology-based industries.
He said that there could be a second wave of development in the Multimedia Super Corridor, driven by technological progress.
Apart from that, he said that former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was also Minister of Finance, had been aware of the cash transfers in the consolidated fund for refunds of goods and services tax (GST).
"He (Najib) should have known where the money is, money that belongs to the government can not just be spent, (there is a) need to fill in forms, get permission and there must be a written record of all money movements to be.
"If he says he does not know … there must be something wrong.
The government will track down the perpetrator and is ready to take legal action, "he said.