30 June 2017
Ling: MCA did not receive any money from Dr M during my time
Former MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik said his party did not receive any political funding from former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he helmed it between 1986 and 2003.
MCA was rich enough and could source its own political funding, added Ling, who helmed the Chinese-based party between 1986 and 2003.
“I did not receive any money from Dr Mahathir,” he told a press conference at UTAR Sungai Long campus today.
Asked what advice he would give to the present party leadership, Ling said: “They are clever enough to do what they have to do.”
He was responding to allegations based on leaked documents claiming that BN parties received funds linked to 1MDB.
Whistleblower Sarawak Report alleged that Selangor MCA received RM10 million from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. The Selangor MCA had denied the allegation.
DAP lawmaker Lee Kee Hiong, however, claimed that former MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek’s statement two years ago could potentially invalidate Selangor MCA’s denial.
Citing Chua’s interview published by cari.com.my in October 2015, Lee noted that Chua had admitted Najib helped source funds for BN component parties ahead of the last general election.
31 October 2015
CHUA SOI LEK THINKS HE KNOWS!
Soi Lek sheds light on where some of Najib’s RM2.6b went
Chua, when asked about the RM2.6 billion in a Mandarin interview with Cari.com.my, recollected how Najib had in a BN supreme council meeting before the 13th general election made an unprecedented pledge to fund BN component parties.
“I must admit, during the BN supreme council meeting approaching the May 5 general election, he (Najib) in his capacity as prime minister and BN chairperson did reveal that in that election, BN will support its component parties’ finances.
“I remembered clearly, I was the first to thank him.
“I said that I have joined politics for more than 20 years and gone through five general elections, (we) have never received a single sen from BN before.
“So everyone agreed and many thanked him. When the election came, he delivered – he was able to disburse some funds (to the component parties),” he was quoted as saying.
MIC has downplayed allegations that it received funding directly from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal accounts, as well as claims that the money consisted of misappropriated public funds.
“We don’t know about that,” MIC president Dr S Subramaniam responded when asked whether it was normal for MIC to receive funds from the prime minister’s private accounts.
“As far as we are concerned, the money came from BN,” Subramaniam said, adding this was a normal occurrence…