Orang Asli Community Gives Ultimatum To UMNO Over Najib's RM2.6 Billion 'Donation'

Najib throwing up a smokescreen over the RM2.6 billion donation controversies might just cost the ruling government the support and votes of the Orang Asli community.

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Following all the vague and dismissive replies from the PM on the RM2.6 billion donation issue, the Orang Asli community has given an ultimatum that may see the end of their support for the ruling government

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Indigenous People’s Network of Malaysia’s (Jaringan Orang Asli SeMalaysia) Vice President Yusri Ahon said that the Orang Asli community believes that any donation meant for a political party must not be deposited into an individual’s personal account.

"The donations should have been deposited into the organization or the party’s account and not the individual’s personal account,” stressed Yusri.

“If someone else was to do the same, wouldn’t it be turned into a major issue?” he added, as reported by FMT earlier today.

Yusri lamented that the outdated policies concerning the Orang Asli no longer fulfil the needs of the Orang Asli community.

He also took the opportunity to remind the ruling government that the Orang Asli are more than prepared to switch sides and cast their votes for the opposition parties in the upcoming elections, naming PKR and DAP as the popular choice among the aboriginal community.

Yusri Ahon, Vice President of Jaringan Orang Asli SeMalaysia

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Meanwhile, Najib boldly stated that he would only explain and discuss about UMNO’s political funding with his party members, adding that such discussions could affect the party’s stability

“I can explain. No problem, but not openly because it can affect the party.”

“As long as there is no stealing from the people or violation of the law… as long as we follow this rule, we just have to do what is necessary for the party,” he said when launching the Alor Star Umno divisional meeting in Kedah this afternoon.

Responding to this controversy, the Bar Council today called for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to be held on 12 September 2015 to discuss the current hot button issues

“The matters for discussion at the EGM will include the reports of interference with the ongoing investigation into the flow of funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd (a former subsidiary of 1MDB), and the transfer of RM2.6 billion into the prime minister’s private bank accounts, as well as the steps that the Malaysian Bar should take to affirm and uphold the rule of law, and to prevent the administration of justice from being perverted,” said the Bar Council in the email notification to Malaysian Bar members.

PKR Member of Parliament Zuraida Kamaruddin also decided to express her dissatisfaction over Najib’s shadowy answers regarding the 1MDB issue and the RM2.6 billion donation he received

Zuridah critisized Najib's recent statement about Kedah MB Mukhriz Mahathir having it easy in politics unlike his predecessors asking if the statement was made just to divert the attention from the unresolved scandals.

In a statement today, the MP for Ampang said, “If the Prime Minister can give a good and satisfactory answer without trying to wiggle out of tough questions, then only can he be considered as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

“Otherwise, just give him a vote of no-confidence and kick him out of Umno.”

There is an estimated population of about 150,000 Orang Asli in Malaysia and most of them are still living in very poor conditions without the most basic facilities. While you fret about your first world problems, read up on some of the issues they face:

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