NGOs urge Govt to probe Anwar's plan to bring in foreigners over Scorpene purchase

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 06 Oct 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Six non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including the Young Journalists Club have urged the Home Ministry to investigate plans by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and three Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament to bring in foreign lawyers to brief the Dewan Rakyat on the navy's purchase of Scorpene submarines.

The Young Journalists Club (KWMM) president Dzulkarnain Mohd Taib said the investigation was necessary to determine the opposition's agenda in inviting the three foreign lawyers here to explain court proceedings in France regarding the purchase.

Dzulkarnain also questioned the opposition's ability to fund their presence.

"These are professional lawyers who are paid by the hour. Who is sponsoring their transport costs from France and accommodation here, surely they will not stay in a three-star hotel," he told reporters after lodging a report at the Dang Wangi Police Headquarters on Friday evening.

Other NGOs which filed police reports over the same matter were the Malaysian Malay Network Organisation (JMM), Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa), the Crime Prevention Awareness Board (LKPJ), the Consumers Protection and Welfare Board (LPKPM) and the Muslims Consumers Association Of Malaysia (PPIM).

On Oct 3, Pakatan Rakyat leaders Datuk Mahfuz Omar, R. Sivarasa and Tian Chua held a news conference at the Parliament lobby announcing that Anwar had invited lawyer William Bourdon and his colleagues Joseph Breham and Oliver Metzner to brief Dewan Rakyat. - Bernama

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