Mixed re­sponse to Rah­man’s Ber­sih warn­ing


THE warn­ing by Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan that com­pa­nies which sup­port or fund Ber­sih will be banned from get­ting govern­ment con­tracts drew mixed re­sponse from a Chi­nese com­mu­nity chief and a trade leader.

While the for­mer be­lieves that pol­i­tics and busi­ness should not be mixed, the lat­ter thinks money meant to sup­port Ber­sih can be bet­ter used to help the needy.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in China Press yes­ter­day, Hua Zong (Fed­er­a­tion of Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tions of Malaysia) pres­i­dent Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah deemed Ab­dul Rah­man’s re­mark as in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

He said Ber­sih had noth­ing to do with govern­ment projects, adding that pol­i­tics and busi­ness should not be lumped to­gether.

“Com­pa­nies which won govern­ment con­tracts do so af­ter ful­fill­ing the set cri­te­ria. They should not be black­listed for sup­port­ing Ber­sih,” he opined.

How­ever, he stressed that Hua Zong does not en­cour­age the pub­lic to join any Ber­sih rally.

“The ini­tial in­ten­tion of Ber­sih was good but it has now been turned into a po­lit­i­cal plat­form. (I’m) wor­ried they (Ber­sih ral­lies) can cause mis­un­der­stand­ing and jeop­ar­dise racial har­mony.”

SME As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia vi­cepres­i­dent Datuk Sim Eng Peng said while he ad­mit­ted Ber­sih ral­lies were peace­ful, they still caused traf­fic con­ges­tion, af­fected the coun­try’s econ­omy, and im­pacted neg­a­tively on SMEs.

Sim, who is Cheras MCA chief, said it is a com­pany’s right how it wants to use its profit but it should not be used to help Ber­sih.

“They could do­nate the money to or­gan­i­sa­tions that need aid more, or the un­der­priv­i­leged.”

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