Just call a spade, a spade, and admit that Yellow Shirts Bersih has now become an opposition tool to topple the legitimate Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government, said a federal minister today.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan has cited examples to affirm his allegation, stressing that it was time to drop all pretences that Bersih was non-partisan and apolitical.
“It is time to call a spade, a spade and to admit that Bersih was now just another tool for the opposition party rather than a body that supposedly fights for elections reforms,” said Abdul Rahman.
He was responding to DAP MP Ong Kian Ming, who had questioned the federal government’s promise of fair play as it planned to blacklist government-linked companies (GLCs) that provided financial support to the Yellow Shirt political movement.
Rahman has said that he would soon request the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Public-Private Partnership Unit (PPPU) to look into the background of all the companies and immediately blacklist those which supported illegal assemblies.
The BN strategic communications director said the companies that helped movements that jeopardise the country’s economic safety would be “ostracised”.
In his examples to prove that Bersih was an opposition political tool, Rahman noted that leaders of the Yellow Shirt rally last year urged attendees to reject Prime Minister Najib Razak and to vote against BN;
He also pointed out that Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and her predecessor S. Ambiga spoke at various opposition party events, including during the Teluk Intan by-election;
He questioned on how Bersih took part in opposition-organised anti-goods and services tax (GST) rallies when a universally-accepted and modern taxation system has nothing to do with election reforms.
Another example is Bersih invitation to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to officiate the Yellow Shirt roadshows in the state, even though the Guan Eng currently faces two corruption charges.
However, Bersih 4 and the imminent Bersih 5 rallies have demanded Najib to step down despite him being exonerated of any crime by relevant authorities.