KOTA KINABALU, May 16 — Taking the lead from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said today he was also thinking of setting up a “council of elders” that would advise him on governing the state.
According to him, the council could consist of former government servants, and noteworthy businessmen who will be able to contribute to the state.
“Yes we are looking into it. They would be former civil servants, corporate leaders with international exposure and businessmen who are familiar with the region,” he told the press.
Shafie said their role would be important to boost the state’s economy.
He also said that personalities with connections can help in aggressively attracting investors.
“Political stability is important but we need people who can help advise on the economy. We have made employment promises to the youth so we have to prioritise.
“We need to make sure people have money,” he said.
Dr Mahathir had appointed five Malaysians on the Council of the Eminent Persons to advise Putrajaya during the period of transition of power, and will also be lending their experience and expertise on economic and financial matters.