Former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been appointed as chairman of National Recovery Council (MPN), a position that comes with ministerial status.
Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Zuki Ali said the decision was made in a Cabinet meeting on Sept 1, adding that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has been informed of the appointment.
“This appointment was also made based on the government’s confidence in Muhyiddin’s ability to lead the country’s recovery strategy, in order to achieve the best economic impact and to restore the lives of the people which have been severely affected by Covid-19,” he said in a statement.
Muhyiddin had previously chaired the council, which was established during his administration to monitor the implementation of the National Recovery Plan.
After taking over as prime minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob invited the opposition to be part of the council as well as the Special Committee on Covid-19.
He said then that political stability must be attained as quickly as possible through unity and cross-party cooperation.
MalaysiaNow reported today that opposition leaders had requested for more details from Ismail before coming to any decision on working together.