KUALA LUMPUR: The bullying and fear mongering tactics of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan must be rejected, said Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming.
The lawmaker said there was nothing to prevent the BN from discriminating against individuals, as well as companies, who supported the opposition.
“Rahman Dahlan’s recent statements show the BN will not implement a fair political financing system,” charged Ong.
BERSIH 2.0’s simplified five main points for the rally on Nov 19, he pointed out, was not a call for the government to be toppled through illegal means.
The five demands are for clean elections, clean government, the right to dissent, parliamentary democracy, and the economy, Ong noted.
The MP said he tweeted a challenge to Rahman (@mpkotabelud) on whether any BERSIH 2.0 leader had called for the government to be illegally toppled.
“He did not respond,” said Ong. “The tweet was on the Bersih 5 rally for November 19.”
He questioned Rahman’s suggestion that companies supporting Bersih 5 be blacklisted and banned from getting government contracts.
He wanted the minister to address the following queries:
- What are the legal grounds for the minister’s suggestions?
- Will the minister next target companies which support opposition parties?
- He dismissed the minister’s suggestions as based on “spurious and baseless grounds”.
Ong, however, agreed that Rahman was no stranger to making controversial statements, adding this was the minister’s strategy to propel himself up the Umno ranks.
“The minister clearly shows Barisan Nasional (BN) has no credibility on the proposed political financing act,” said Ong. “It’s not fair and impartial.”