Baru: Are Rahman’s Bersih threats part of sinister plan?

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PETALING JAYA: Umno minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan has come under fire again for wanting to blacklist companies that allegedly sponsor the Bersih 5 rally planned for next month.

This time, the criticism has come all the way from Sarawak, with PKR’s Baru Bian calling Rahman “immature and arrogant”, adding that the statement also exposed a dictatorial streak which seemed to run through the veins of most Umno politicians, The Borneo Post reported.

The Ba Kelalan assemblyman warns however, that this latest threat could also be part of a tactic to heighten tensions, enabling the government to use the National Security Council Act (NSC) against Bersih during the rally, scheduled for Nov 19.

“If this should happen, it would only confirm to Malaysians and the rest of the world that the Barisan Nasional government has gone to the gutter, and that Umno is cracking at the seams,” Baru was quoted as saying by the Sarawak-based daily.

The Sarawak PKR chairman said that any action taken against individuals or companies that may be linked to Bersih 5, was against the constitution.

“Every person had the right of association under the guarantees of Fundamental Liberties in Article 10, Part II of the Federal Constitution.

“How can the demands of Bersih for free and fair elections and institutional reforms be a threat to the security of the country? It is people like Jamal Yunos and his ‘all out war’ statements who are the real threat,” Baru said in a statement released yesterday, adding that it was Jamal who should be arrested.

Referring to the Mingguan Malaysia column that first spoke about companies allegedly sponsoring the Bersih 5 rally organisers, Baru suggested that Rahman “may be joining the Awang Selamat (columnist) bandwagon, to try and gain some points in Umno.”

“This was considering that Rahman may be subject to a certain coolness following the mass exodus of members from Sabah Umno,” Baru said of the MP for Kota Belud in Sabah.