Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s blacklist announcement against government-linked companies that provide financial support to electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 yesterday has drawn concern over Putrajaya’s proposed political funding law.
Opposition MP Ong Kian Ming questioned the government’s promise of fairplay in implementing the Political Financing Act if passed.
“If the Minister wants to target companies for supporting Bersih based on spurious and baseless grounds, what is to prevent the BN from selectively discriminating against companies and individuals who support the opposition if this information has to be revealed under a Political Financing Act?” the Serdang MP asked in a statement today.
“On what legal grounds is the Minister basing his actions on? Will the Minister target companies who support opposition parties next?” he added.
The DAP lawmaker challenged the basis for the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department to blacklist companies, calling the action a bullying and fear mongering tactic.
Ong was responding to Abdul Rahman’s statement yesterday that he will request the Economic Planning Unit and Public-Private Partnership Unit to look into the background of all the companies and blacklist those which support illegal assemblies immediately.
Abdul Rahman who is also the Barisan Nasional strategic communications director said the companies “that help movements that jeopardise the economical safety of the country will be ostracised”.
Source : The Malay Mail Online