The Council of Eminent Persons' (CEP) influence will never surpass the "extraordinary" clout wielded by businessperson Low Taek Jho over former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak's government, said Pakatan Harapan senator Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad.
Raja Kamarul said this in response to Najib's criticism of the CEP, which the Amanah leader pointed out comprises experienced and eminent persons, who nevertheless remain as advisers with no executive powers.
"This was in stark contrast to Jho Low, who is only in his 30s, had no track record and shot to fame following the 1MDB scandal, which saw billions of ringgit misappropriated.
"I would like to also remind (the public) about Low's close relationship to (Najib's stepson) Riza Aziz and (Najib's wife) Rosmah Mansor.
"His influence and power was extraordinary and surpassed that of the CEP," said the senator in a statement today.
The result, Raja Kamarul said, was the 1MDB scandal which damaged the country's economy and gained international infamy.
"The CEP was appointed as an advisory body by Mahathir to help repair the damage in 1MDB and on the economy under Najib.
"But did Malaysians know about Low's involvement before the 1MDB scandal exploded?" he said.
The CEP is led by former finance minister Daim Zainuddin. The other members are former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, economist KS Jomo, tycoon Robert Kuok and former Petronas president Hassan Merican.