The opposition should not be hypocritical over the proposed Political Contributions and Expenses Act, which can strengthen the equality level of the country’s politics, said Gerakan secretary general Liang Teck Meng.
He said the opposition parties, which were previously critical of political funds received by Barisan Nasional (BN), were now acting in the opposite manner when the new law was proposed by National Consultative Committee on Political Financing.
“I think equality should exist in all political parties but do not be a hypocrite. You criticised our political funding, asking where we get the funds but you do not agree with the proposal.
“So far we have never questioned the political funds received by the opposition. Therefore, to make it more transparent, I think it is very important for us to have control over political funds,” he told reporters at the opening of the 2016 Gerakan Life Members Council annual general meeting today.
The meeting was officiated by Gerakan president Mah Siew Kiong.
Also present were party deputy president Dr Cheah Soon Hai and former president Koh Tsu Koon.