The foundation denies supporting or funding PKR (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung/Foundation (KAS) has denied allegations it funded or pledged support for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
In a brief e-mail reply to The Mole it stated: “KAS does not provide funding or support to any political parties (including PKR) in Malaysia.”
The email dated 19 Marc 2012 was sent by KAS Malaysia office project co-ordinator Ng Chen Chen on behalf of its head Jan Senkyr.
It further said: “For the past 30 years until now, KAS has worked with various government departments and agencies, educational/training institutions, universities and non-governmental organisations.”
“Our training and educational activities are open to participants from all political parties.”
The email concluded by stating: "For your other questions, and for further details, please visit the English version of KAS main website at http://www.kas.de/wf/en/."
Among the questions sent by The Mole included, whether interference in foreign politics was one of KAS objectives and what kind of training it provides to participants of its programme.
The email was sent following reports in Malaysian newspapers and blogs of KAS and other foreign NGOs of having close ties with PKR to the extend of poviding funds and giving party members and leaders training in pursuing their political cause in Malaysia.
Last week, Selangor Umno liaison secretary Datuk Ir Mohd Zin Mohamed alleged that the foundation has been providing assistance to PKR in the last general election.
In a news report at a Malay daily Mohd Zin said that KAS has not only been providing funds to the party, it has also been assisting PKR’s human capital development training.
He also alleged that another agency, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) was responsible in providing a manual guide for PKR to win the next general election.
Yesterday a police report was lodged by Umno Youth for PKR's alleged involvement with pro-Jewish groups such as KAS and NDI.
In the news report Selangor Umno Youth information chief Safarizul Mustafa said, "we are against the involvement of foreign groups in national matters, especially those connected with pro-Jewish sentiments
He urged the police to investigate the allegation.
A blog post at The Unspinners stated that PKR's communication director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad had confirmed their ties with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) following his admittance in KeadilanKini on letters written by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
According to The Unspinners Nik Nazmi "admitted that three letters signed by Anwar were sent to two Jewish fund managers based in the US”.
“NED is not just a bipartisan agency for promoting democracy, but an agency that has connections with the CIA and Zionist powers in America,” the Unspinners wrote, adding that NED “carries out secret work that had previously been carried out by the CIA to overthrow foreign countries”.
Prior to that, The Unspinners had highlighted PKR’s ties with both KAS and US-based NDI in its blog post based on the news report from PKR’s official party organ, Suara Keadilan.
The ties between PKR and KAS has raised concerns among some Malaysians as one of KAS' objective is its commitment to Israel and Jews, a subject sensitive especially among the Malay Muslim population.
In another post The Unspinners published the statement made KAS chairman Bernhard Vogel who said, “One of the main goals of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation – following the spirit of Konrad Adenauer – is to promote reconciliation and understanding with Jews in Germany and around the world.”
"Those who would deny our special obligation towards the Jews and the state of Israel are historically and morally blind, and also politically blind. This statement which Adenauer made in 1966, remains as correct and relevant today as it ever was."
Vogel made the statement in the foreword of the foundation's published work entitled "The Konrad Adenauer Foundation and its Dialogue with the Jewish World" which was made available on its international website.
On its website in Malaysia, the foundation stated KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and that it has been playing an active role in the political, economic and social transformation of Malaysia for over three decades.
Checks by The Mole of their programs revealed that there were three Malaysians out of 33 participants in their regional political training programme for young political leaders in Asia conducted between March 2010 until September last year.
Details in the KAS’ programme publication, showed the trio were linked with PKR.