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30 groups want Suaram declared illegal


PUTRAJAYA: A coalition of 30 Malay non-governmental organisations have demanded that Suaram (Suara Rakyat Malaysia) be declared illegal.

They said such stern action would deter other NGOs from emulating Suaram which receives funding from foreign parties to allegedly undermine the nation's sovereignty.

Calling themselves Gerakan NGO Bertindak 1Malaysia, they demanded for Suaram to be treated the same as other illegal entities such as Al-Arqam, the Malayan Communist Party and Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force).

"Suaram has clearly used foreign funding to actively move in politics and will use the same fund to bring down the government in the next general election," said a representative of the coalition Mejar (Rtd) Razali Zakaria.

" Strong action must be taken, or else others who do not like the government will secretly channel funds to bring the government down."

The leaders of the coalition of NGOs yesterday submitted their joint-memorandum at the prime minister's office here.

Razali, who is also the chairman of Gerakan Memartabatkan Pejuang Negara (GMPN), said the memorandum also calls for legal action to be taken against Suaram members for "offences against the state" and offences against the person of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

It also urged the Home Ministry, the Attorney-General's Chambers, Bank Negara, Companies Commission of Malaysia and Inland Revenue Board to pursue legal course of action under their respective jurisdiction against Suaram and its members.

The coalition leaders requested to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to discuss about Suaram and other matters of national security.

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