Wednesday, January 2, 2013

This is an article taken verbatim from The Mole

It's out in the open: Not just the Malaysian press is raising questions over the foreign funding of pro-Pakatan groups.

While pro-Pakatan NGOs and groups are smearing Malaysia's name all around the world, the international media has also began to question these so-called "freedom fighters." Who are funding them? And what are their agendas?

Moscow-based posted a detailed op-ed last week, with journalist Nile Bowie asking: US attempting regime change in Malaysia: Fact or fiction?

This question has long been hovering in the minds of fellow Malaysians. It is no secret that high-profile NGOs and media outlets running under the guise of freedom and human rights have admitted, albeit reluctantly, that they received foreign funding.

Malaysiakini is funded by George Soros' Open Society Foundations in which the news portal received a USD100,000 grant from the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), a name with dubious affiliations to the US State Department.

Veteran journalist Y.L. Chong who had quit from Malaysiakini as its news editor more than a decade ago claimed that the news portal's top gun Steven Gan has admitted "it would be the death of Malaysiakini if they admitted to receiving funds from Soros."

In an attempt to play down the controversy, Malaysiakini in turn has published several articles that linked former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad to George Soros. Pretty cunning move, considering that our former PM is a staunch critic of the Jewish speculator. Malaysiakini has however, in September last year, admitted that they have been receiving foreign funding, much to the disdain of many Malaysians.

Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd, a private company linked to Suaram, was found to be a conduit for money being used to channel funds from National Endowment for Democracy (NED), an organisation known to have close ties with CIA and Zionist powers in America.

In a recent exposé by pro-government bloggers, PKR's Communications Director and Seri Setia Assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad has "admitted that three letters signed by Anwar Ibrahim were sent to two Jewish fund managers based in the US." Two of those three letters were sent to Carl Gershman, President of NED.

Bersih came under fire when it was revealed that the organization had received "some" money from two US organisations, namely National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Open Society Institute (OSI).  Pro-government bloggers have exposed that the NDI website had revealed that funding and training had been provided by the US organisation. However, NDI took down the information and replaced it with a more benign version without any mention of Bersih. This has made everyone very suspicious of Bersih.

Bear in mind that Bersih leader Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has been the recipient of the US State Department's Award for International Women of Courage, and was present in Washington DC in 2009 to receive the award directly from Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. Although Datuk Ambiga keeps on insisting that Bersih is apolitical and non-partisan, nobody really believes her. The participation of Opposition leaders in all the Bersih rallies has proved otherwise.

In March last year, Tun Mahathir wrote in his blog criticising American NGOs for meddling in the affairs of countries such as Egypt, and the former prime minister warned Malaysians against becoming "tools of the United States, a strong supporter of Israel."

"US intervention in movements to overthrow the governments of countries that to do not share its aspirations is quite clear," he wrote. He also concluded "of course in Malaysia it is also funding NGOs that are committed to bringing about 'regime change.'"

With all these questions, are the pro-Pakatan civil liberties groups and NGOs willing to admit that their struggles for democracy, liberty and justice are just a façade for a much more sinister agenda?

Let us be reminded again of the words uttered by Tun Mahathir: “If we want to be truly independent, not shackled by the United States and its allies, reject those who are willing to be manipulated by the United States to change the government.”

And we all know who they are.     

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