Jomo: Foreign political funding always raises red flag

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Forum on electoral reform hears proposal to prevent caretaker government from announcing new projects and dishing out contracts during a general election campaign. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Whenever a political party receives funds amounting to billions of dollars from a foreign donor, alarm bells should be set off, economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram said.

“It’s something that we need to view seriously. These foreigners donate not because they support a party, but because they have another motive,” Jomo told a forum on electoral reform here last night.

While he did not specify any particular case, it is believed he was alluding to the RM2.6 billion that was deposited into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts in March 2013, two months before the last general election (GE13). Read more

Zaid to appeal court ruling on RM2.6 billion ‘donation’

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PETALING JAYA: Former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim has joined two others to appeal against the refusal of the High Court to grant him leave to initiate judicial review on a RM2.6 billion “donation” case.

His counsel Americk Sidhu said his client had changed his mind and filed the notice of appeal before the 30-day deadline expired last month.

“The Court of Appeal has fixed the case management for sometime this week,” Americk said.

On Nov 11, Justice Hanipah Farikullah denied leave to Zaid, the Bar Council and former Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

A disappointed Zaid told reporters then that he would not appeal.

“There are things we don’t want to do,” he had said at the time. Read more