Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok salutes Dr Mahathir: You saved the country

PHOTO: Facebook video screengrab

PUTRAJAYA - Tycoon Robert Kuok has "saluted" Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for saving the country.

In a short video uploaded on Facebook by Kelab Chedet, Kuok was heard saying, "...I salute. You saved the country. Of course with Daim's help," in reference to  Tun Daim Zainuddin, his fellow member on the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP).

Dr Mahathir merely replied, "But I need your help now".

The 94 year-old billionaire also gave a salute to Dr Mahathir when they met in Perdana Putra, Putrajaya.

Dengar apa Mr Robert Kuok cakap dekat YAB Dr Mahathir Mohamad dalam kunjungan beliau ke Pejabat Perdana Menteri petang tadi! Robert Kuok adalah salah seorang Council of Eminent Person

Posted by Kelab Che Det on Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Kuok, who resides in Hong Kong, attended his first meeting with the CEP on Tuesday (May 23).

He was named as one of the five members in the CEP on May 12.

Photos of Kuok holding hands and hugging Daim have since gone viral on social media and made the cover of major local newspapers.

The CEP, headed by former finance minister Daim, also includes former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Petronas CEO Tan Sri Hassan Marican and renowned economist Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram.