Police to investigate Ambiga’s foreign funds

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have begun investigations into an allegation that Bersih 2.0 chairman S Ambiga used a local bank account to receive funds from several foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar said today the police would work together with Bank Negara to investigate the allegation.

“We will investigate anyone who has elements which indicate something that could jeopardise the public peace,” he told reporters after launching the Command Post Exercise for the police and the armed forces here.

A local newspaper today reported that the bank account, one of five belonging to Ambiga, a former Bar Council chairman, had received hundreds of thousands of ringgit, via foreign funds.

According to the report, the bank was chosen by Ambiga and foreign NGOs “to realise their plan to cause chaos to Malaysia” because a part of the bank’s shares was owned by an opposition leader.

Commenting on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s statement yesterday which reminded the people to ensure the demand for democracy would not bring destruction to the country, Ismail urged the public to abide by the statement.

“As Malaysian citizens, we must give attention to the Seri Paduka Baginda’s statement as a guidance to be followed to maintain the country’s peace and harmony,” he said.

Ismail said the police would take action against anyone who broke the law, especially involving the scheduled illegal assembly.

Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Deputy Director of Management (Public Relations) Assistant Commissioner Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the police had received 4,000 reports on the scheduled rally, so far.

He said, of the 220 people detained, 170 were released. The rest were remanded to facilitate investigations.

- Bernama
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