Yesterday, the Minister in the PM’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, said the government will blacklist people who sponsored the upcoming Bersih rally from getting government contracts.
With due respect to the minister, this is a wrong policy. The government should award contracts based on who gives the best pricing and services. The government cannot award contracts based on political preference of a contractor.
Last month, I read a news article stating that Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang had offered to sponsor a stadium for Bersih. He claims that Bersih should hold the upcoming rally in a stadium and not on the streets.
The offer by Gerakan is clearly a kind of sponsorship to Bersih.
So, will Umno also blacklist Tan since he is also ‘sponsoring’ Bersih?
I hope Abdul Rahman can answer this. And please walk the talk on this.