PETALING JAYA: Umno's accusation that US-based International Republican Institute (IRI) worked with Pakatan Harapan (PH) to topple Barisan Nasional (BN) is nothing but a joke, DAP Adviser Lim Kit Siang (pix) said in Parliament today.
"It qualifies as the international joke of the year that US President Donald Trump's think-tank in Republican Party worked with PH to topple Trump's 'favourite Prime Minister' and 'golfing buddy', Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 14th Malaysian General Elections on May 9," he said in a statement today.
"Let us hear from Najib first whether Trump had been guilty of unspeakable perfidy and treachery as this would not only be Malaysian news but world news before any attention is paid to the hysterical Umno's statement yesterday.
"However, there is one facet in the Umno's statement that cannot be go unnoticed, as it was based on the basis that there was nothing wrong with the BN President receiving RM2.6 billion donation from overseas, even in the form of interference with independence and sovereignty of the country and in the process, nothing wrong with the monstrous 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal or Malaysia is regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy."
Lim said the DAP had not received a single sen from IPR or from any foreign sources throughout its 52-year history, unlike Umno which claimed receipt of RM2.6 billion donation from a foreign source without yet referring to other sources of foreign funding.
"It is worth noting the statement by IRI refuting claims that it had worked with Pakatan Harapan to undermine the then ruling BN government," he said.
"The IRI said it does not provide financial assistance to political parties in Malaysia and stressed that it is a non-partisan organisation that has worked with partners in Malaysia since 2002 to strengthen the ability of political parties to compete in elections and adhere to the practices of citizen-centred governance."
IRI said it provided non-partisan capacity building support to parties across the political spectrum in the form of direct training workshops and consultations with both the PH and BN coalitions.
"I understand that IRI had also worked with Barisan Nasional component parties like MCA and Gerakan," the DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri said.