Council of Eminent Persons

Press Statement

The Council of Eminent Persons (The Council) was established on the 12th of May 2018 to advise Government of Malaysia on economic and financial matters.

Economics reform on its own cannot bring the desired change unless accompanied by institutional reforms.

Towards this end, a committee on Institutional Reforms has been formed and its members are-

  1. Dato’ KC Vohrah, retired judge of Court of Appeal;
  2. Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai, retired judge of the Court of Appeal and SUHAKAM Commissioner;
  3. Brigadier General (rtd) Dato’ Mohamed Arshad Raji, President of National Patriots Association;
  4. Emeritus Professor Datuk Shad Saleem Faruqi, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Professor of Law, University of Malaya; and
  5. Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of HAKAM.

The Institutional Reforms Committee will present its findings and recommendations to the Council. The Council will then present its report to the Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

For further enquiries if any please contact Mr. Endie Shazlie Akbar. Tel: 012-2986060

14 May 2018


Statement by the Committee for Institutional Reforms

Council of Eminent Persons

The Committee for Institutional Reforms extends its thanks and appreciation to the many members of the public and stakeholders who have volunteered their assistance to the Committee.

There are some individuals and groups who were approached by our Committee last week for their written representations to be submitted by 23 May 2018. In fact some have already done so and the Committee has started studying their representations.

If necessary some of the individuals and groups will be requested to attend closed door discussions with the Committee on the following scheduled dates: May 28, 29, 30 and June 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13, 18.

To other individuals and groups who wish to alert the Committee about institutions that have structural defects or have failed to function according to the law or have poor governance or ineffective decision-making processes or inadequate redressal mechanisms, please submit written representations by 28 May 2018 to the Secretariat, Committee for Institutional Reforms, at Level 32, Ilham Tower, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with an email copy to

The Committee requests that the representations should be for the purpose of institutional reform and institutional issues and not about any personal grievances or individual misconduct of public officers.

The Committee will if necessary, invite these individuals and groups for face-to-face meetings.

Issued by the Secretariat

Council of Eminent Persons

21 May 2018

Institutional Reforms Committee

Press Release

The Institutional Reforms Committee has submitted its “Report of the Institutional Reforms Committee” dated 16 July 2018 to the Council of Eminent Persons. The Committee will be meeting the Council this week to brief them on the recommendations made.

The Report contains recommendations pertaining to seven key institutions as well as reforms to laws that impinge upon fundamental liberties. These recommendations are what we consider to be necessary steps for the reforms that the country needs. The areas of reform we examined are:

  1. Parliament
  2. Elections
  3. The Judiciary
  4. Law Officers and Legal Service
  5. Anti-Corruption
  6. Police and Immigration
  7. Communications, Media and Information
  8. Human Rights Institutions and Laws

In the course of the Committee’s work, we also made several immediate recommendations to the Council of Eminent Persons on matters which we considered to be urgent, most of which have been incorporated in the Report.

In preparing the Report, the Committee benefited from the representations of many individuals and organisations who provided us with written and oral submissions. This gave us vital information and shaped our thinking on the ills that required remedial measures. The Committee received about 1,000 submissions, letters and e-mails from the public. We thank everyone who took the time and trouble to make submissions to the Committee and those who attended dialogue sessions with us.

There were many written submissions which, while not connected directly with the scope of our study, raised issues which require attention. We are referring these to the relevant government agencies for their action.

There were several areas of national importance which could not be sufficiently dealt with in this short period of time. We have recommended that further studies be conducted on these issues.

There were representations of a personal nature which we could not deal with as they are beyond the ambit of this Committee.

The Committee would like to acknowledge the privilege of having been assigned this work in the context of a new Malaysia. We are also thankful to have the assistance of a very able volunteer support team and an efficient Secretariat.

Institutional Reforms Committee

17 July 2018

Dato’ KC Vohrah (Chairperson)

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan

Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai

Brig Gen Dato’ Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)

Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi