Ban outflow of cash funds too

 |Oct 2, 2016
Vell Paari has proposed a ban on outflow of political funding and donations from Malaysians to foreign groups and individuals.
Vell Paari has proposed a ban on outflow of political funding and donations from Malaysians to foreign groups and individuals.

A MIC leader wants the proposed new law – Political Donations and Expenditure Act, to also ban outflow of cash donations from the country to fund international media organisations, political parties and politicians that being currently done by certain Malaysian businessman and politicians.

Since the proposed law had recommended to ban cash inflow from foreign sources to political parties and politicians, MIC treasurer general S.Vell Paari said similarly it should also bar outflow of donations.

He indicated that some Malaysians were funding these foreign groups to destabilise the country and the government by disseminating half truths and absolute lies.

“This is a serious matter that must be addressed effectively,” he said in a statement today.

“International or external parties must not be allowed to act like a terrorist, i.e. being funded by certain businessman and politician in this country to bring down a democratically elected government and leader.”

The National Consultative Committee (NCC) on Political Financing has come up with 32 recommendations in its report on Political Financing in Malaysia, released on Friday.

NCC has recommended inflow of foreign donations be banned and new legislation be introduced, among other measures.

The formation of the committee, chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister’s office and former Transparency International Malaysia head Paul Low, was announced in August 2015 by Prime Minister Najib Razak.

In its report, the committee has recommended, among others, the introduction of a new statute – the Political Donations and Expenditure Act – as well as for cash donations from foreign sources to a political party or politician to be banned.

The recommendations will be presented to the Malaysian cabinet, and may take up to the 15th General Election (GE15) to fully come into force.

Malaysia’s 14th General Election (GE14) is due by mid-2018.

In welcoming the move regulate political funding and donation, Vell Paari praised Barisan Nasional-helmed federal government in their willingness to be transparent and open on its political funding and there was nothing to hide on the source of these funds.

He said the proposal which will be tabled in the coming parliament session under the Political Donations and Expenditure Act should be accepted with open arms by the opposition parties as well.

“I hope the opposition would not oppose this new law proposed by the government pertaining to political funding and donation,” he said.

The MIC treasurer general said he was aware that the opposition bloc had rejected a proposal made by NCC to regulate political funding and donation based on statements made by parliamentarians Tian Chua and Rafizi Ramli of PKR.

“This shows that the opposition parties are hypocrites where they want two sets of rule.

“As for BN and the Prime Minister, we have to declare all our source of political funding and donation but for the opposition, they can be silent on their source of political funding and donations.

“Why are they so scared to open their books to the public if their source of political funding and donations are not from ill-gotten sources? “ Vell Paari questioned the opposition parties.

“Our Prime Minister has been very open to regulate political funding and donations in this country and he wants to be transparent in this issue but the opposition seems not interested and in fact will reject this bill when it is tabled in Parliament. This indicates that the opposition is only all talk without substance and they do not practice what they preach.”

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