KUALA LUMPUR (July 10): Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz (pictured) has been appointed as Coordinating Minister for Malaysia’s National Recovery Plan (NRP), to oversee the implementation of strategies and assistance outlined under the plan, and to undertake appropriate and proactive interventions amid the dynamic pandemic situation.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Zafrul’s appointment was made following the inaugural meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on the NRP (JKKPPN), which was held via video conference earlier yesterday, chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

Also present were Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

During the meeting, the attendees agreed that cooperation with health, economic and social experts in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic in the country will be strengthened to ensure the effectiveness of public health measures and patient management strategies.

The collaboration is also aimed at ensuring that the Government’s vaccination drive is continuously evaluated and refined.

"The involvement of professionals, especially public health and economic experts in managing the Covid-19 pandemic in the country is part of the Government's ongoing effort to ensure its strategy remains on track," the PMO said.

The PMO said the Government understood the current challenges and difficulties faced by the people, and therefore it will continue to ensure that all actions taken under the National Recovery Plan (PPN) would prioritise the welfare of the people, besides being transparent and inclusive.

To ensure the smooth running of PPN, the Economic Stimulus Implementation & Coordination Unit Between National Agencies (LAKSANA) under the Ministry of Finance was also appointed as the secretariat to the JKKPPN to coordinate the efforts of the ministries and agencies involved.

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