KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 – The Council of Eminent Persons head Tun Daim Zainuddin confirmed that businessman Tan Sri Robert Kuok is set to fly home to attend a government advisory council meeting next week.
In an exclusive interview with Nanyang Siang Pau, Daim said that he had personally spoken to Kuok over the telephone and confirmed that the businessman would arrive in Malaysia next week.
“It is not true that he is unfit to travel. He is coming next week and he will be around. In the meantime, he has a nominee; Tan Sri Oh Siew Nam, who was with me 20 years ago in the National Economic Council (NEC),” he said.
Kuok was named as one of the five members in the new CEP, along with Daim; former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz; former president and CEO of Petronas Tan Sri Hassan Merican and prominent economist Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram, three days after Pakatan Harapan toppled the Barisan Nasional government.
When asked if Kuok will stay in the country for 100 days, Daim said; “No, he got a nominee. In case he is not around, Oh will represent him.” He said Kuok will advise and give his views.
“He has extensive experience in business and finance. He is an expert, especially in commodities, properties, hotel and tourism. Therefore, his suggestions are important. I can say that he is an all-rounder,” said Daim.