Saturday February 23, 2013
DAP: Pledge just a smokescreen
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP will not be following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's move in signing the Transparency International (TI) Election Integrity Pledge, claiming that it was just a “smokescreen” to divert attention from the fight against corruption.
Its deputy chairman Tan Kok Wai said the pledge was not legally binding.
“If they are serious to see the general election conducted in a clean and fair manner, the government must enact a law requiring all members of the administration to declare their assets and wealth.
“This should also apply to their spouses and close family members,” he told a press conference.
On Wednesday, Najib set the tone for a clean and fair general election by making a public declaration to uphold integrity and reinforcing his commitment to fight corruption in the coming polls.
However, Tan refused to answer when asked whether DAP would sign if Barisan Nasional enacted a pledge similar to DAP's demands.
“We need to study the contents first. But it will be done by the Pakatan government, and not by the Barisan government,” he said.
Pakatan leaders too must sign pledge, says Najib