Bersih not clean, says Rosmah aide Rizal

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PETALING JAYA: Rizal Mansor, aide to the Prime Minister’s wife, has questioned if electoral reform group Bersih is non-partisan or part of the opposition.

In a Facebook posting today, he claimed that Bersih might “not be bersih” (not clean).

He pointed out that Bersih had asked DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who is Penang Chief Minister to launch the Bersih 5 convoy in Penang two weeks ago.

“This is despite many callings for Lim Guan Eng to step down if he was charged for corruption, including Ambiga and Tony Pua earlier, but yet he is still holding on to his elected office,” wrote Rizal.

Human rights activist Ambiga Sreenevasan is a former Bersih leader. Tony Pua, MP for Petaling Jaya Utara, is DAP publicity secretary.

Rizal also questioned Bersih’s stand on speeches made during the finale of the Bersih 4 rally last year, when some calls were made for the people to reject Umno.

“Is that considered political and partisan?

“Is calling for the people to reject a certain political party part of Bersih’s so-called elections reforms agenda?” Rizal said.

He held that Bersih was clearly political and partisan, and “all religious leaders – including certain bishops in the news – would be wise to refrain from joining or openly asking others to join Bersih’s activities”.

Recently bishop Bernard Paul of the Malacca and Johor Catholic diocese, had urged the people to take part in the Bersih 5 rally on Nov 19 and be a part of history.

Lim Guan Eng is awaiting trial on two charges of corruption from an alleged abuse of power regarding the purchase of a bungalow from businesswoman Phang Li Koon at below market value and an application to convert a piece of land for residential use. Lim has pleaded not guilty.