Former Bersih treasurer questioned over funding

Former Bersih treasurer questioned over funding
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KUALA LUMPUR - Police called in former Bersih 2.0 treasurer Masjaliza Hamzah over allegations that the non-governmental organisation (NGO) had received foreign funding.

When met outside Bukit Aman on Wednesday, Masjaliza said it was a very short questioning.

"The questions they asked were related to Bersih 2.0 and its accounts, as well as links to (US hedge fund billionaire) George Soros.

"I didn't answer the questions; I held on to my rights," she said.

She said police told her she had been called in as a witness.

"They told me the case was being investigated under Section 124C of the Penal Code for committing an act detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

"I believe I'm the last of all the witnesses to be called in," she said.

Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah was detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) in November.

Police also raided the office of another NGO, Empower, to collect evidence and documents based on information that it had received funds from overseas.

A month later, police recorded a statement from former Bersih chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan over links to the Open Society Institute (OSI), which is part of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) founded by Soros.

All this came in the wake of whistleblower DC Leak's allegation that OSF had been channelling funds to local organisations, including Bersih, C4 Malaysia, Empower, Penang Institute, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and the Committee for Free Elections (Comfrel).

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