Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has disbanded the National Recovery Council (NRC) as it is now redundant.
Speaking at a press conference after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (21 December), Anwar explained that the NRC was created to serve a need back then. However, it will now be disbanded as there were overlapping tasks.
In addition, Anwar also said that there were talks to dissolve other government agencies, such as the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC).
“We are reviewing the many overlapping government bodies. For example, the responsibilities of GIACC can be taken up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission or police. Similar agencies have to be cut down as they incur high costs.”
“What is important is that GIACC’s principles are here to stay. But these overlapping agencies cannot be so many, as I have told the chief secretary,” he said, reported The Vibes.
Meanwhile, Anwar said he and the Government Chief Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali have identified some duties to which the Prime Minister can be delegated to his deputies.
“I have let go of many duties because some of them can be entrusted to the deputy prime minister,” Anwar said.
The GIACC was formed in 2018 when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was holding the office. The agency was tasked to plan and formulate strategies, and evaluate policies to ensure that all government affairs are done based on good governance, integrity, and zero tolerance towards corruption.
As for NRC, Perikatan Nasional chairman and former Prime Minister Muhyiddin said the council was not formed during his administration.
He added that he had resigned as NRC chairman before the 15th general election.