Stop funds chanelled for Perkasa activities, says Baljit Singh

GEORGE TOWN (Dec 30, 2013): Federal funds channelled for Perkasa activities should cease immediately according to Gerakan National Human Rights and Legal Bureau chief Baljit Singh.


He told theSun, providing monies to the group which has been blamed for worsening community relations in Malaysia was bad for ethnic harmony.


He said the group was only interested in their own "narrow and selfish" political agenda and not the nation's well being.


He said such use of funds could put the Barisan Nasional (BN) governing coalition in a bad light.


He also said voters could not be blamed for not supporting the BN in view of such developments.


"This is considered a betrayal to 1Malaysia as we cannot be saying one thing and doing another thing," he told theSun when contacted.


The issue heated up after Perkasa secretary general Syed Hassan Syed Ali admitted that the Malay rights pressure group received funds from government agencies.


He reportedly named the National Security Council, National Civics Bureau of the Prime Minister's Department and the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry as agencies which have supplied the funds.


Nonetheless, Penang Shadow Ethnic Relations Committee chairman Muhamad Farid Saad said providing funds to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) was fine if the programs benefited everyone.


The Pulau Betong assemblyman cited programs like providing school bags, school uniforms and blood donation drives as activities suitable for funding.


He told theSun he would support any NGO activities which could assist those in need across the board.


"For me, if government funding benefits the community as a whole (then) I can agree but not for any political purpose," he added when contacted.







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