Dr Chandra : Soros Outfit involved in Bersih?
AIDCNews – 05/07/11 – It is reliably learnt that a senior official of an outfit founded and financed by the currency speculator, George Soros, was in Kuala Lumpur recently and met up with leaders of political parties and NGOs that are part of Bersih.
The official, Ms.Maureen Aung-Thwin, is Director of the Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and was in Kuala Lumpur from 27 June to 2 July 2011.
The Open Society Foundations serve as conduits for Soros’ so-called capacity-building programmes on behalf of democracy in various parts of the world. These programmes are in fact part of the larger US agenda of expanding its global power and influence through the pretext of furthering the cause of democracy.
Soros’ Open Society Foundations operate directly or indirectly, in Eastern Europe, North Africa, Latin America, Central Asia, West Asia and Southeast Asia. Capacity-building includes funding local organizations and holding training courses and seminars. Elections in particular have been an important part of OSF’s programme.
I hope the authorities here will investigate thoroughly the breadth and depth of involvement of Soros’ OSF in Bersih’s activities. OSF’s involvement should be studied in the context of the alleged involvement of other US and European NGOs in the activities of Bersih and the groups affiliated to it.
I am deeply concerned about the involvement of this Soros’ outfit partly because of an episode during my tenure as Deputy President of Parti Keadilan Nasional (now Rakyat) from 1999 to 2001.
A few weeks before the 1999 General Election, Ms.Maureen Aung-Thwin came to see me in my office in Petaling Jaya about an alleged request from Anwar Ibrahim for funding for Keadilan in the Election.
Apparently, Azmin Ali, Anwar’s trusted aide, had got in touch with the Zionist media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, on Anwar’s behalf, about financial assistance. Murdoch in turn had passed on the request to his friend, George Soros, who had sent Maureen on her mission to Malaysia.
I told Maureen that Keadilan will not accept funds from foreign sources and there was no question of Soros or anyone else funding the party’s election campaign.
That evening I informed the party President, Dr. Wan Azizah Ismail, about my meeting with Maureen and requested her to find out from Anwar whether there was any truth in what Maureen had conveyed to me.
According to Wan Azizah, Anwar denied any knowledge of a request to Murdoch for funding and Soros’ involvement. I believed Anwar and let the matter rest at that. However, subsequent developments centering on Zionist leaders in the US and Anwar convinced me that Anwar was not telling the truth.
Now, 12 years later, Maureen Aung-Thwin and the Soros connection have re-surfaced in Malaysian politics – this time through Bersih.
Malaysians have every right to know the truth and the whole truth about Anwar, Bersih and Soros.
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar,
Deputy President, Parti Keadilan ( April 1999- November 2001).
5 July 2011.