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Clear air over funds, BN dares Ramasamy

 | July 19, 2012

A state BN leader calls on the Penang deputy chief minister to explain what happened to the RM73,000 collected for Sri Lanka war victims.

GEORGE TOWN: A local Barisan Nasional leader has dared DAP leader P Ramasamy to clear the air over the status of the RM73,000 collected for Sri Lanka war victims in 2009.

State BN psy-war bureau head Loga Balan Mohan challenged the Penang deputy chief minister II to address the contentious issue, which has become a major talking point among Indians in Penang.

Being a top man in Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s administration, he said, Ramasamy should walk the talk to uphold the Pakatan Rakyat state government’s principle of competency, accountability and transparency (CAT).

He mocked Pakatan leaders’ current modus operandi to “first go into denial mode, then silent mode and finally switch-off mode” when faced with allegations of wrongdoings or mismanagement.

But he cautioned Ramasamy against doing the same.

“He must come out clean fast and publicly explain what happened to the Tamil war victims’ fund. By right, he should have already dealt with the issue.

“It’s not a small issue for him to sidestep and ignore. As a political leader, he should be responsible for all his deeds,” the PPP chairman told FMT.

He also slammed Ramasamy and other Indian representatives for harping on international Indian issues merely to gain political mileage, when they should focus their resources on upgrading the living standards of the downtrodden Malaysian Indian working class.

“The Pakatan state government has done nothing worthy for Penang Indians.

“Despite all his hoo-hah of being committed to the Indian cause, Ramasamy has failed miserably to justify his position as the Indian representative in the CAT government,” chided Loga.

He was responding to a FMT report yesterday which quoted a DAP branch leader urging Ramasamy to clarify the status of the party’s Sri Lanka Tamil War Victims Relief Fund 2009.

Ramasamy could not be reached for comments despite numerous calls and text messages.

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