DAP must come clean on Sri Lanka fund and Mercy Missions

 |Jan 9, 2017
PAP national publicity secretary G. Asoghan (insert) demands the DAP to clarify on what happened to money collected from Malaysians for the Sri Lankan Tamil war victims back in 2008.
PAP national publicity secretary G. Asoghan (insert) demands the DAP to clarify on what happened to money collected from Malaysians for the Sri Lankan Tamil war victims back in 2008.

The Peoples Alternative Party (PAP) has demanded the DAP to come clean on the public fund collected from Malaysians in 2008 for the Sri Lanka Tamil war victims.

PAP national publicity secretary G. Asoghan has given the DAP a week from today to clarify on the public money, which was reportedly deposited into an account of an UK-based organisation Mercy Missions.

Or else, he will lodge reports to the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), seeking a thorough investigation on the controversial issue.

“Did the money collected by the DAP reach the Sri Lankan Tamils? If yes, when? If not, why?

“The silence by DAP on this pressing issue, that involved people’s money, is deafening.

“The DAP must come clean on this matter.

“PAP gives DAP seven days from now to clarify the issue. Or else we will lodge reports to the police and MACC,” warned Asoghan in a statement today.

Thousands of ringgit were collected by DAP from lay public for the Sri Lanka Tamil war victims since 2008.

The money was allegedly transferred to the London-based Mercy Missions, which was allegedly headed by two Sri Lankan Tamils.

The money amounting to RM73,481.40 was allegedly transferred from Public Bank branch in Jalan Macalister, George Town to an account no. 50681346 registered at Nat West Bank branch in Nicholas Centre, Sutton, Surrey in London, UK, purportedly belonging to Mercy Missions.

The money was alleged transferred on June 11, 2009.

PAP national publicity secretary G. Asoghan (left) has held Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow responsible over the money collected from Malaysians for the Sri Lankan Tamil war victims back in 2008.
PAP national publicity secretary G. Asoghan (left) has held Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow responsible over the money collected from Malaysians for the Sri Lankan Tamil war victims back in 2008.

Asoghan said he came to understand that the money collected was handed over to Penang DAP headquarters, which in turn had transferred it to Mercy Missions.

Hence, he said Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow was fully responsible for the fund and transaction of the money to Mercy Missions.

He said what puzzled the PAP was on why the money was sent to London when it could have been directly channelled to organisations based in Sri Lanka or India.

“After all, the money was collected for humanitarian reasons, not other reasons right! Isn’t not?” asked Asoghan, insisting that the DAP must also clarify on whether the transaction received Bank Negara’s approval.

“Who are the people assigned to facilitate the transaction?

“Who acknowledged receipt of the money in London?

“Were the money cashed out or banked in?.

“Did Bank Negara approve the transaction?” asked Asoghan, reiterating his seven-day ultimatum for DAP to disclose all details about the controversial issue.

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Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.