Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president, Muhammad Mohan, has called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to prohibit the display of party logos on government-associated programs. Mohan’s statement follows a controversy where the logo of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) appeared on mock donation cheques given to schools. Mohan emphasized that government funding should not be influenced by party affiliation, urging politicians to understand this separation. He suggested that the prime minister issue a directive to prevent party logos from being used on government aid programs. Mohan criticized the incident for casting a negative impression on the unity government led by Anwar.
Election watchdog Bersih 2.0 chairman, Thomas Fann, stressed the importance of maintaining a clear distinction between government and party resources to prevent confusion among the public. He criticized the use of government allocations alongside party logos, calling it misleading and self-promotional. Fann emphasized that such practices should cease if the unity government aims to differentiate itself as a reformist administration.
Images shared on social media revealed that the DAP logo appeared on mock cheques alongside the symbols of the PH coalition, the Malaysia Madani logo, and the national coat of arms. The mock cheques, totaling RM1.8 million for repair and upgrading works, were presented to schools by Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming. Nga, who is also the local government development minister, downplayed criticism of the logo’s presence, focusing on the significance of the donation to schools. Umno Youth chief Muhammad Akmal Saleh also criticized the logo’s appearance and urged clarification on whether the funds came from government or party sources.