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Amirsham appointed MEAC chairperson

PUTRAJAYA, 27 May 2009: Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Amirsham Abdul Aziz has been appointed as chairperson of Malaysia’s Economic Advisory Council (MEAC), with Minister status but not member of the cabinet, effective on 1 June.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the council will report directly to him and among its functions would be to advise the government on the establishment of a new economic model for the country which will be centred on innovation, creativity and high value additions.

This will be in line with strategies to push up the country’s economic status from a middle income earner to high income earner and towards a developed nation status in 2020, he told reporters here today.

He said an announcement will soon be made on the members of the council who will comprise both local and foreign economic experts.

“The names of the council members will be announced later as we need to study those who are suited to join the council,” he said. 

The 59-year-old Amirsham served Maybank for 31 years and was its chief executive officer from 1994 till his cabinet appoinment in 2008. — Bernama

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