Guan Eng: We can’t get Arab donors, so we sell dinner tickets

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GEORGE TOWN: DAP has no Arab donors, so it resorts to public donations by selling dinner tickets from time to time, its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said to claims by Umno that the party had gone on a fundraising spree.

Penang Umno chief Zainal Abidin Osman had previously claimed that Penang DAP hosts dinners “pretty much every night”.

Lim said Zainal’s claim was “fitnah” (defamation) as DAP had only held three dinners to date.

“We don’t have donations from Saudi Arabia, hence we sell tickets at fundraising dinners.

“All funds collected are accounted for and sent to the Registrar of Societies annually. All this is on record.

“But we hope we can get donations like (the ones) Saudi Arabians (gave out) lah,” Lim told reporters in Komtar today in an apparent reference to the RM2.6 billion donation from the Saudi royal family which was deposited into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s bank account.

On a lighter note, state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow said it was true that DAP politicians had dinners, but in the truest sense of the word.

“Most of us attend dinners every night. We are sometimes invited to association dinners. If not, we eat dinner at home lah,” Chow said.

Lim added: “I also go for dinners every night, buka puasa, temple dinners and others, but not DAP dinners every night!”

Yesterday, Zainal called on DAP to reveal its source of funding after Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi voiced concern about gambling syndicates funding political parties.

He told Bernama that Penang DAP had hosted “numerous dinners”.

“DAP has been in power for nearly 10 years and during this period, it was very festive politically… (as there were) multiple dinners, which pretty much happens almost every night in Penang.

“These functions cost money and the public wants to know the source of the money.

“Penang Umno hopes that dirty money is not involved,” Zainal was quoted as saying.

In response to political funding by gambling kingpins, Chow said if it was indeed true, they were probably paying protection money to enforcement officers.

He said the police and the home ministry were under the control of the federal government, hence the guns should be trained on them.

“… so if the kingpins want protection, who should they seek out?” Chow asked.

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