It’s time to call a spade a spade, says Rahman of Bersih

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PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director Abdul Rahman Dahlan has provided several examples which he says proves without doubt that Bersih 2.0 is just another tool for the Opposition.

This was in response to Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming’s call for him to prove that Bersih was out to topple the ruling government.

First, Rahman mentioned that during the Bersih 4 finale, speakers had openly urged the crowd to reject Prime Minister Najib Razak and BN, and to promise to vote against the ruling government.

Then, he also mentioned incidents where Bersih leaders Ambiga Sreenevasan and Maria Chin had spoken at numerous Opposition party events, including at the Teluk Intan by-election.

He also noted how, instead of fighting for free and fair elections, Bersih actively joined Opposition-organised anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) rallies.

“A universally accepted and modern taxation system has nothing to do with election reforms,” he said in a statement issued today.

He questioned why Bersih had invited Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to launch Penang roadshows instead of calling on him to temporarily step down while facing multiple corruption charges.

He said this was in full defiance of good governance, civil service guidelines and democratic practices.

Rahman also claimed that Bersih had gone against democratic principles when, during Bersih 4 and in the coming Bersih 5, they demanded the prime minister step down despite having been investigated and cleared by the relevant lawful authorities.

Lastly, he also mentioned Ambiga publicly “parroting” the Opposition’s allegations of phantom foreign voters voting in the 13th General Election (GE13) as well as alleged blackouts — both of which were disputed by Bersih’s own Pemantau Report which said there was no evidence at all of these.

“I believe it is time to drop all pretenses that Bersih is non-partisan and apolitical.

“It is time to call a spade a spade and to admit that Bersih is now just another tool for the Opposition and not a body that fights for electoral reforms.”