New political parties, NGOs foreign-funded, Malay group claims

BY KAMLES KUMAR
Pro-Malay group Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah said he has already lodged a report with the RoS over the matter, and subsequently will be lodging a police report soon. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 ― Two political parties and four non-governmental organisations (NGO) currently seeking the approval of the Registrar of Societies (RoS) have received foreign funding, an activist has claimed.

Pro-Malay group Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah said he has already lodged a report with the RoS over the matter, and subsequently will be lodging a police report soon.

“One party has already been registered and another one is in the process. The four NGOs just recently submitted their applications to RoS,” Azwanddin told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

Azwanddin refused to reveal further information or his source, claiming that it would disrupt the internal investigations on the involved parties.

He however claimed that one of the parties had a former government servant among its top leadership.

“Two of them are Datuk and one of them used to be former civil servant. He was also in the government. I have very reliable sources,” he said.

Azwanddin was reported to have handed over a memorandum yesterday to the RoS urging a thorough investigations on the parties for allegedly receiving funding from American billionaire George Soros.

Several local NGOs, including electoral reform group Bersih 2.0, the Malaysian Bar and news portal Malaysiakini have come under police scrutiny after they admitted to receiving grants from Soros' pro-democracy network Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Despite the denials and explanations by those accused and OSF, the allegations persist. The police have since formed a special task force to investigate the allegations.

It also prompted a minister to urge Putrajaya to extend a proposed law on political financing to police NGOs that are involved in Malaysian politics.