KUALA LUMPUR: The dissolution of the Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minis-try should not be turned into a polemic, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The Prime Minister said he decided to do away with the ministry to have a more efficient and leaner Government.
The ministry’s agencies such as Mara would be absorbed into the Rural and Regional Development Ministry while the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) would be put under the Prime Minister’s Department, he disclosed.
He said Mara used to be under the Rural and Regional Develop-ment Ministry during the time of former Deputy Prime Minister) Tun Ghafar Baba.
“This time the minister in charge of it is an Umno vice-president (Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal) so it’s not like we cannot depend on him to carry out his duties,” said Najib.
“Similarly, we decided to put the CVLB under the PM’s Department because we are going to set up a National Land Transport Authority which will have representation from various ministries,” he said, adding that the Government was in the process of finalising the legislation for its establishment which he expected to be completed by the year-end.
The National Land Transport Authority would also be placed under the PM’s Department, said Najib.
Certain quarters, including small-time businessmen and taxi drivers, had questioned Najib’s decision to dissolve the ministry, adding that it was still needed, and urged him to reconsider.
It had been widely speculated that the CVLB would come under the Transport Ministry.
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