PETALING JAYA: Bersatu leaders have cried foul over the freezing of the party’s accounts by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), insisting it was done to distract the people from the government’s own failures.
“Bersatu can accept that the steps taken by the MACC are a part of its investigations into the slander against the party.
“Bersatu will continue to cooperate so that the slander can be stopped as quickly as possible.
“The leaders and officers of the party have also been asked to give their full cooperation to the MACC,” said its secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.
The party, he added, regretted the actions of the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional unity government in abusing a government agency “to kill the credibility of Bersatu and Perikatan Nasional”.
“We are positive that the people will realise the disgusting strategy of Pakatan-Barisan to distract the people’s attention from the weaknesses, failures and nepotism practices of the government.”
Bersatu information chief and Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan said the freezing of the accounts would cripple the party financially until investigations were over.
“The action means we cannot do any transaction with the account.
“This affects the livelihood of our staff, and it also has a negative impact on the training and related activities we have planned to prepare for the six state elections.
“The negative impact on democratic competition in Malaysia is something Malaysians should not underestimate,” said Wan Saiful when contacted.
The recent 15th General Election (GE15) only saw three states – Pahang, Perak and Perlis – holding concurrent state polls.
Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Penang are due to hold their elections this year.