Umno dares Kit Siang to deny claims by US think tank

Umno information chief Shamsul Anuar Nasarah says Pakatan Harapan and DAP’s alleged treachery has been revealed. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Umno has called for an independent body to investigate the revelations made by an American organisation that it had been working with the Malaysian opposition since 2002.

In a statement, Umno information chief Shamsul Anuar Nasarah claimed International Republican Institute (IRI) president Daniel Twining’s recent remarks at a forum in the United States “blew the lid off” Pakatan Harapan and DAP’s alleged treason against the previous administration.

He was commenting on a FMT report that the IRI, heavily linked to senior Republican figures as well as former top US intelligence officers, had been working with the Malaysian opposition since 2002, including with the Pakatan Harapan coalition which took power in the May elections.

At the forum, Twining said IRI’s efforts in Malaysia had finally paid off in the 14th general election, and benefitted the US in terms of its current rivalry with China.

“Finally it is revealed when the video (of the forum) spread online,” said Shamsul, taking aim at DAP and party supremo Lim Kit Siang.

“Umno challenges Lim to openly deny and swear to the people of Malaysia that what Twining revealed was a lie.”

He also said before the May 9 polls, then opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused Barisan Nasional of selling the country to China, but claimed Pakatan Harapan had already “sold Malaysia’s dignity” to foreigners.

Shamsul said Malaysians must rise so that the country was not “sold” and urged the Malay rulers to take a stand in the matter and act to prevent the country from external meddling which would lead it to suffer the same fate as other Islamic countries like Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Syria.

According to IRI’s website, the body is funded by the US State Department and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), an organisation with the declared aim of “strengthening democratic institutions around the world”, including trade unions and free market forces.

Twinning told the forum that Washington had benefitted from the new government in Putrajaya from the very start.

“Guess what one of the first steps the new government took: it froze Chinese infrastructure investments because it had opened the book and discovered that there was a lot of funny money swishing around what had been this very corrupt, close, unaccountable system,” he said, in an apparent reference to reviews of several mega projects involving Chinese companies including the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL).

Twinning admitted that there was little chance of Malaysia becoming a US ally, but said PH’s victory would work in Washington’s favour.