PETALING JAYA: It’s time to stop pretending that Bersih is non-partisan and apolitical, said Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic).
The Barisan Nasional strategic communications director said DAP’s Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming had asked him to prove that Bersih is out to topple the ruling Barisan Nasional government.
“It is time to call a spade a spade and admit that Bersih is now just another tool for the Opposition rather than a body that supposedly fights for election reforms,” he said in a statement Monday.
Abdul Rahman, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, cited Bersih’s actions over the past few years, such as Bersih leaders Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Maria Chin Abdullah speaking at opposition party events, including ceramah during the Teluk Intan by-election.
He also criticised then Bersih chairman Ambiga for “publicly parroting the Opposition’s ridiculous allegations of phantom foreign voters voting in GE13 and sabotaging blackouts”, only for the claims to be disputed by Bersih’s own Pemantau report which said there was no evidence of phantom voters nor blackouts.
“Instead of fighting for free and fair elections, Bersih actively joins the Opposition-organised anti-GST rallies, giving the scarcely-believable excuse that ‘workers are voters too’. A universally accepted and modern taxation system has nothing to do with election reforms,” he added.
Abdul Rahman also found fault with the fact that Bersih invited DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to launch the oganisation’s Penang roadshows, instead of calling on him to temporarily step down while facing multiple corruption charges.
This, he added, is “fully in defiance of good governance, civil service guidelines and democratic practises”.
According to Abdul Rahman, rally leaders at the Bersih 4 finale ceramah openly urged the crowd to reject Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Barisan and to promise to vote against the ruling government.
“And against democratic principles, Bersih 4 and Bersih 5 demanded the Prime Minister to step down despite the Prime Minister having been investigated and cleared by the relevant lawful authorities,” he said.