Ahmad Zahid: MPN does not have a clear function, should be dissolved

The council’s services will no longer be needed if BN gets a convincing win in GE15, the Umno president says


THE National Recovery Council (MPN) does not have a clear function, unnecessary and overlap with the functions of think tanks and other government agencies, hence need to be dissolved, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture) said.

The Umno president went on to say that the council’s services will no longer be needed if Barisan Nasional (BN) gets a convincing win in the 15th General Election (GE15).

Ahmad Zahid added that the role of the Cabinet minister in coordinating the function of each agency and bringing any policies proposed at the ministerial before implementation is sufficient for the government to function and run well.

“Besides being dysfunctional, the MPN chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is not a prime minister also undermining the party itself,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

He added that although Muhyiddin is a member by experts and subject matter experts, his position which is not the chief executive makes the reason for the implementation of the council’s proposal less political will and may also be seen as unnecessary.

“He has been using the platform for political agenda such as seen during Johor and Melaka state election political campaign where he is using the council suggestions as a political bullet to portray the government will fail if the council’s recommendations are not implemented.

“In fact, we aware that MPN only acts an advisory body to the government and the recommendations are not necessarily need to be implemented,” Ahmad Zahid said.

Therefore, for this reason, he added that Muhyiddin does not need to argue that the government has disregarded the MPN’s function or MPN has failed.  

“The fact that government is implementing 16 from the 69 recommendations shows that we are taking the council seriously despite it being unclear, unnecessary and overlapping,” he added.

He said given the BN victory, MPN will be no longer needed and they will continue to pioneer Malaysia’s development through organised synergy between the government, the private sector and academic members, and NGOs.

“Malaysia needs political stability before various meaningful policies can be formulated,” he said. 

Earlier, Muhyiddin slammed the government for being slow in taking up or implementing MPN’s recommendations.