Pas gives thumbs up to proposed Act on political funding

HANA NAZ HARUN

ALOR STAR: Pas is all for the proposed Political Donations and Expenditure Act (PDEA), saying that having such legislation can help address issues of graft and cronyism.


Its research director Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki, in his winding up speech at the party's 63rd Muktamar today, said to date, only the Islamic party and Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) were in agreement to the implementation of PDEA.


"Pas and Ikatan have presented a memorandum to the government on the need to have a legislation on political funding.


"DAP is sceptical, so is PKR. Umno, on the other hand, seems to support it but keeps on postponing it," he claimed.


He said Pas, unlike other political parties, did not receive funding from overseas sources, 'haram' (forbidden) industries, or companies that received contracts.


"We receive funding from our own pockets.


"This Act is necessary, it can be the answer to problems such as 1Malaysia Development Berhad, corruption and cronyism."


It was reported last month that a cabinet paper on the PDEA was being drafted, paving the way for the set-up of a technical committee to draft the new legislation.