‘Anwar must explain’

  • Nation
  • Friday, 16 Jul 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should explain his contradictory statements about the funding of the non-profit organisation Foundation for the Future (FFF) which he used to chair, said Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

He claimed that the Opposition Leader had on May 20, 2007 said that the United States did not give any fund to the foundation, which promoted democracy and reforms in the Middle East and North Africa region.

“However, a whistleblower protection organisation in the US, called the Government Accountability Project (GAP), released a report on July 8, revealing that the US Congress had given USD21.3mil (RM68.21mil) to the foundation,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here yesterday.

“This clearly contradicts what Anwar had said earlier that no funds were given to FFF by the US government,” he said.

Khairy also pointed that according to the GAP report, Anwar had on July 18 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Department of State regarding the funds.

“In this MoU, as the foundation acting chairman, Anwar had agreed to receive commitments from sources other than US to match the funds provided.

“This is the deal with the US government. Anwar as chairman was supposed to get grants from other countries like Qatar and other Middle East countries but there was none received,” he said.

“For me, it is a serious matter that the Opposition Leader has tried to mislead the US government to get grants for a foundation that he was chairman of,” added Khairy.

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