KUALA LUMPUR – August 8, 2015: There have been growing calls by Malaysians for the opposition parties to disclose the source of their funds.
Such calls followed the disclosure by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday that the RM2.6 billion allegedly wired into the personal bank account of Datuk Seri Najib Razak was a contribution by a donor.
It was believed that the donation was actually for Barisan Nasional which Najib is the chairman.
MACC had in its statement stated that the money was not from the state-owned strategic investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as alleged by the prime minister’s critics.
Several opposition leaders had been quick to condemn Najib and accused BN of being opaque about its funding arragements.
However, many Facebook users were of the opinion that it would only be fair if the opposition parties, namely Pas, PKR and DAP were to also reveal the source of their funds.
Dinar Russ: “If Pakatan is good and transparent as they seem to claim, they have nothing to hide or fear.
“Prove that they are better than BN, with no suspicious foreign funding and that they had never lie, then they will get my vote and many others too, in the next GE. Many are looking for good and honest leaders to support.”
Ike Azman: “DAP n PKR declare first their GE13 (13th General Election) political funding, since they said they are the clean, accountable and transparent right?
“Rafizi (PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli),Tony Pua (DAP lawmaker Tony Pua), you all do that first la, wonder why LGE (DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng) on silence mode these days.”
DK YS: “So now we know election funds hold under a trustee name. Now I want to know opposition put under whom trustee name?…Jeng jeng jeng.”
Chronos Razzamatazz: “Cut it short…both BN and Opposition must reveal their funders or donors whatever u call it.
Aloysius Pereira: “Political funding is a norm. Ask DAP to reveal their source of income, surely the party doesn’t survive merely on Milo tin collections.
“Yes, together, let the political parties be accountable for all political funding.”
Odan Odc: “I don’t care if you’re DAP or Umno or whatever. Just declare your source of funding.”
Last week, BN director of strategic communication Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said when he was a member of the MACC’s Special Committee on Corruption (2008-2013), the committee had been trying to get political parties to agree to a more transparent procedure when it comes to political donations.
“When the MACC came up with the notion of political funding reforms, the first head of a political party who supported the idea, would probably surprise you.
“It was none other than Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Umno president who publicly declared his support to the MACC’s proposal and wanted it to be implemented and co-opted under the Government Transformation Program’s initiative.
“One of the first parties to object to the funding reform was DAP.
In his statement, Rahman who is also the Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, explained that DAP leaders had rejected such initiative because they feared that the reform would “put DAP at a disadvantage.”
“The political funding reform initiative was effectively shelved – it became a non-starter. It never took off. It stalled.
He added that it was “rather perplexing” that lately the likes of Tony Pua and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang have been hypocrite in demanding Najib to reveal the sources of political funding for Umno, when they have maliciously rejected the political funding reform initiative in the first place.
Nevertheless, Najib was still criticised by many despite the fact that no tax-payers’ money amounting to RM2.6 billion was used for BN’s electoral campaigns.
Mohammad Bin Sayed: “My opinion, PM (Najib) should say something when he was alleged by WSJ (Wall Street Journal) and Sarawak Report.
“After so much denial, now agreeing that he received such amount is really shocking.
“Really sad that the people trust get depleted everyday. Its is very difficult to defend, people already had a mind-set that everything from PM and its associates is a lie.”
Zy Tzy: “Very obvious this is act of corruption. Imagine if our country continues being ruled by BN, with all of those ministers & MP (members of parliament) who supported this unethical behaviour. What will happen? This is CRAZY!
“Donation or rob, you define! Think properly, what is the return to the donors?
“Are you sure out of 2.6bil, Najib didn’t spend a cent to buy ring, watch and maybe a film production?
“I cannot understand why there is still Malaysian continuing twisting around to cover this unethical behaviour. Speechless.”
Ben Yap: “Hold in trust 2.6 billion ringgit in a personal account? Why would anyone put so called donation funds in a personal capacity?
“Lol its like someone holding a murder weapon and saying I’m just making a peanut butter jelly sandwich.”
Albert Loo: “If really donation why didn’t say so from the beginning? Why all the huff n puff? Why new script after reshuffle n AG (Attorney-General) kicked out? Why why why?
Joe Koon: “If it’s donation, how come ex-DPM unaware bout it? Why don’t just admit it in the first place?
“I supported BN for 3 consecutive elections. This is the worst disappointment I have heard n read so far.”
However there are those who see no wrong with political leaders securing donations for the betterment of their parties.
Aznil Hisham: “I don’t understand what is the problem with accepting donations. It’s not even the people’s money, it’s in fact a donation.
“Is it a sin to accept donations?
“Today, Umno members are bickering against each other. Even their president’s efforts to secure funds for the party are being ridiculed.
“I pity Najib, he had worked so hard to gain funds but now all of his hard works are not appreciated by his party members,” he wrote in his Facebook page.