(Aug 5): Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad held the first meeting of a Shadow National Recovery Council on Zoom tonight.
In a post on his Facebook page put up at 7.25pm, he said: "Today I met virtually 18 experts in the fields of health, economics, law and politics whom I had previously proposed to become members of the National Recovery Council (MPN).
"I believe those present agreed to join it because they also felt the need to do something to help the nation to face this disaster."
Those who took part in the zoom meeting included some experts who were in the Council of Eminent Persons which was formed after Pakatan Harapan won the 2018 General Election.
They are Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Dr Jomo K Sundaram, Tan Sri Lin See Yan, former Danaharta chief Tan Sri Azman Yahya, former Petronas chief Tan Sri Hassan Marican, Datuk Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Lam Sai Kit, Datuk Dr Amar Singh HSS, Tan Sri Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman, Dr Kumitaa Theva Das, Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim, Datuk Dr Fadzilah, Prof Emeritus Datuk Shad Faruqi, Prof Datuk Salleh Buang, Samuel Isaiah, Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh.
Spotted on a screen capture of the Zoom meeting was Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah though his name did not appear on a list of attendees.
Tun Mahathir added: "Me and my friends can't sit still and let this situation continue. With experience and expertise we will give insight and hope to be used by the Government.
"As I have described before, this MPN has no political interest in parties or individuals but to find ways to help the nation overcome this pandemic.
"We can continue criticizing the Government but it doesn't solve the problem and those who will continue to suffer will be the people.
"It is very irresponsible on our side if we have suggestions and insights that can help but choose to stay quiet. For us in MPN, this is our effort and service to the nation.
"If our efforts can help the people and the country, this means we have done our responsibilities as Malaysians."