"There is nothing wrong with (the) political contribution.It is not an offence.
"If you want to make it an offence, you must enact the legislation," Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat during Question Time today.
Without any law to prohibit contributions to political parties, the minister reasoned, there was nothing wrong with such transactions.
This, Nazri said, went for all political contributions, for “(anyone can) contribute, so contribute as much as you want”.
In 2008 Sabah timber tycoon Micheal Chia was caught in Hong Kong with RM40 million cash in Singapore currency in his luggage before he could board a flight to Malaysia.
Chia was detained and charged with money-laundering.
Chia told the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigators that the money was for Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman.
However, Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul told reporters after chairing an Umno supreme council meeting recently that the money was a political contribution to Sabah Umno and it was all right to accept it.
'No graft involved'
Nazri also said the ICAC found “no element of corruption” in the RM40 million bound for Sabah Umno.
He therefore believes that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should stop pursuing the case.
To this Abdul Khalid Samad (PAS-Shah Alam, left) stood up to interject that despite ICAC saying there was no element of graft in the case, it did not mean the MACC will find it so, and should investigate independently.
Rahmah Dahlan (BN-Kota Belud) then asked about the RM3.5 million in donations which he said was used by the DAP to build its Penang headquarters.
Rahman said that a DAP leader informed him that the building was funded through contributions from "loyal supporters".
To this Nazri again reiterated that there was no legislation against political contributions and nothing wrong with it.
"Indeed, for BN, we can get more contributions as we have more members," he said.
Shortkly afterwards, at a press conference at the Parliament lobby, DAP's Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai defended the party's Penang headquarters, saying it was built with money from donors that was declared and managed transparently.
Tan challenged the BN to do the same and declare all the political contributions the coalition has received as well.