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'DAP never got a single sen in foreign funding'
Published:  Aug 19, 2015 10:00 AM
Updated: 2:17 AM

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang claims the party never received a single sen in foreign funding since its inception.

His declaration comes after urging Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to declare the amount Umno and Barisan Nasional received in foreign funding during previous general election campaigns.

"DAP has never received a single sen of foreign funding in our five decades of political battle for democracy and justice in Malaysia. 

"If DAP had received just a ringgit of foreign funding, we would be accused of being agents and tools of foreign powers and DAP leaders may find themselves under incarceration," Lim said in a statement today.

He then goes on to note that Najib received RM2.6 billion in foreign funding for the last general election.

"... And he has the impertinence to say there is no law to say whether it is right or wrong!" Lim, who is the MP for Gelang Patah, exclaimed.

Apart from Najib, Lim also wants former prime ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Dr Mahathir Mohamad to declare how much foreign funding they had received on behalf of BN in each of the seven general elections from 1982 to 2008.

He said Najib has lost the "moral leadership and compass" to talk about transparent and accountable political funding so long as he was not prepared to come clean on the RM2.6 billion transferred into his personal bank accounts.

'All can see through what Najib is proposing'

Lim also believes that all Malaysians can see through what Najib is up to when he proposed a national consultative council on political funding.

"Najib wants to buy time, for up to one whole year, to be able to continue stonewall from giving a full and satisfactory account of the RM2.6 billion deposited into his personal accounts...

"And at the end of the a year of 'consultations' on political funding, the whole initiative could be run to ground producing no result, in the same way that the multi-agency special task force has been run aground and disbanded," he said.

Lim said Najib could not have made the  proposal under worse circumstances, for though the concept that funds for political parties are sourced with integrity and in a transparent manner is right, "his timing of such a proposal can only ensure its rejection or reception with great scepticism".

"I fully support the idea that funding for political parties and elections should be transparent with regard to the sources and expenditures, which has been my stand in Parliament all these decades.

"However, Najib’s proposal is nothing but a cynical ploy to buy time for a whole year to continue to avoid and evade the principles of accountability, transparency, integrity and good governance on the twin scandals of 1MDB and RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal accounts," Lim added.

After coming under intense pressure over the RM2.6 billion 'political funding' deposited into his personal bank accounts, Najib last Friday announced a new plan to regulate political funding for the next general election.

The prime minister said there was an urgent need to regulate political funding to ensure accountability and transparency in the interest of healthy political practices.

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