Ku Li: Not right to black­list firms spon­sor­ing Ber­sih

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KUALA LUMPUR: Umno vet­er­anTengku Raza­leigh Hamzah is against a call to black­list com­pa­nies that spon­sor the Ber­sih move­ment.

“I don’t think that is right. Any­body can do­nate to any cause so long as it does not break any law or the con­sti­tu­tion,” the Gua Mu­sang Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment told re­porters af­ter launch­ing a book ti­tled The End of Umno? at the Royal Lake Club here yes­ter­day.

Tengku Raza­leigh was com­ment­ing on the call first made by Utu­san Malaysia’s colum­nist Awang Se­la­mat, widely be­lieved to be the joint pseu­do­nym of the Malay daily’s se­nior ed­i­tors.

In its weekly col­umn pub­lished on Sun­day, Awang Se­la­mat said it was wrong to back a group that is try­ing to de­pose a demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan has backed Utu­san Malaysia’s call and said he would di­rect the Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit and the Pub­lic-Pri­vate Part­ner­ship Unit to con­duct back­ground checks on com­pa­nies that seek gov­ern­ment con­tracts through the two agen­cies.

“Com­pa­nies that clearly sup­port il­le­gal ral­lies will be black­listed im­me­di­ately. I’m sure there are many other com­pa­nies that can of­fer the gov­ern­ment equal or bet­ter terms and should be given a chance.

“The time for be­ing meek and tol­er­ant is over. I will boy­cott com­pa­nies that back move­ments that threaten the na­tion’s eco­nomic se­cu­rity,” Ab­dul Rah­man said in a series of tweets on Sun­day. – by Aiezat Fadzell

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