Najib calls for inquiry into link between IRI and previous opposition

09-Aug-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called for a full inquiry into the link between the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the previous opposition party during Barisan Nasional’s administration.

Najib, who is former prime minister, said the connection appears to be worse than the accusations leveled against Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) former director-general Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid.

“If Datuk Hasnah was accused of treason, this is far worse as this is a direct interference in the country’s electoral process,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

It was reported that the prime minister’s Department had allegedly wrote a letter to the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, Gina Haspel, seeking US support for Najib’s administration, five days before 14th general Election.

The letter was reportedly signed by Hasanah. Najib had denied any knowledge of the letter.

Najib said even the US government had appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia had interfered with the US elections.

” Now, there is an open admission that they (the opposition then) had been working since 2002 to effect a regime change. A very serious matter. They should not allow foreign interference in a domestic process,”

IRI, a Washington-based organisation heavily linked to senior Republican figures as well as former top US intelligence officers, had reportedly been working with then-opposition in Malaysia since 2002, including the Pakatan Harapan coalition which took power in the May elections,

The link came about after IRI president Daniel Twinning, in a video clip at a forum, said that it has been working with the previous opposition for 15 years.

He was quoted as saying that its efforts in Malaysia had finally paid off in the 14th general election, and benefited the US in terms of its current rivalry with China.

Meanwhile, IRI, in a statement, denied having worked with Pakatan Harapan to undermine the BN government.

It described itself as 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.

This comes after a video surfaced, where its president Daniel Twinning declared at a forum that it has been working with the previous Opposition for 15 years.

In a statement uploaded on its website on August 6 (US time), it said, “IRI categorically rejects the sensational headline by the Free Malaysia Today news (portal) that the Institute worked with the Opposition coalition prior to the May 9 general election in an attempt to undermine the ruling Barisan government.

“IRI 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 does not provide financial assistance to political parties in Malaysia. These activities have engaged participants from across the political and social spectrum, and have included initiatives designed to increase youth participation within political and civic spheres and to strengthen the capacity of Malaysia’s civil society organisations.

“Through this work, IRI has helped Malaysian citizens hold their elected officials accountable and communicate their concerns to government,” its statement read.

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