Bersih sponsor companies to be blacklisted

Oct 24, 2016
Minister Rahman Dahlan had reminded companies sponsoring illegal Yellow Shirt rallies that they would be blacklisted from government contracts.
Minister Rahman Dahlan had reminded companies sponsoring illegal Yellow Shirt rallies that they would be blacklisted from government contracts.

The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS) will no longer do business with several companies that had been identified were sponsoring the Yellow Shirt Bersih political group.

These companies have been benefitting from government contracts.

But they had backstabbed the very hands that had fed them by sponsoring illegal assemblies to topple the federal government.

Hence, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan insisted that these companies should be rightfully blacklisted.

He reminded these errant companies to put their priorities right.

He said these companies now had to either be neutral to continue with their government contracts, or face contract termination.

“There are many more companies that we can work with. Other companies can give the government the same benefits or even more,” he said in a statement that had gone viral in social media.

“These companies are believed to be sponsoring the Bersih movement. Companies that clearly support illegal assemblies will be immediately blacklisted,” said Rahman, who is also the Barisan Nasional strategic communications director, referring to an article on the issue in an online media.

Rahman however, declined to reveal the identity of the companies, adding that the companies themselves “knew who they were.”

He said the decision to blacklist the companies were not a threat, but a “reminder.”

“These companies benefitted from government contracts but supporting illegal assemblies to topple government,” said Rahman, adding that he would instruct the EPU and UKAS to review the backgrounds of these companies.

Political group Bersih has announced that it would hold its Yellow Shirt rally, which has rapidly turned out to be an annual “Yellow Fest”, this Nov 19.

Although the Yellow Shirts claimed to campaign for a “free and fair electoral process”, over the years the group has been visibly infiltrated and controlled by the opposition leaders to spearhead anti-federal government agenda.

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