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    BERSIH 3.0: Petty traders invade Ambiga's space. Police says it's all right!


    Protest outside Ambiga's house 'not an offence'


    • Nigel Aw


    • 2:15PM May 14, 2012


    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/197852

    Deputy police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said that the police will not act against petty traders for having mounted a protest outside the house of Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan because it was not an offence.

    "Well, there is no offence. What offence? If you want to sit in front of her house without disrupting other people, there is no offence," he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

    When it was pointed out that Ambiga had complained that the protest invaded her privacy, he replied: "Which privacy? They didn't enter her house, they were in public space.”

    He added that "under the spirit of the Peaceful Assembly Act", everyone should be allowed to conduct a gathering.

    Asked if police will act on Ambiga’s police report against the protest where petty traders set up burger stalls outside her house, he said: “No, unless there is an offence being committed then we will move in.

    “As long as they don’t commit any offence such as trespassing on private property, we will not take action."

    The petty traders had protested outside Ambiga’s house on May 10 over claims that the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28 in Kuala Lumpur had affected their income.

    However, Ambiga had condemned the protest as a violation of her privacy and said the protesters should instead file a claim in court.

    Petty traders' group Ikhlas which organised the protest, has promised a bigger demonstration outside Ambiga's house on May 24.
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    Conduct unbecoming army veterans — Capt. (Rtd.) Hussaini Abdul Karim

    May 16, 2012

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/s...i-abdul-karim/

    MAY 16 — I wish to refer to the report, “Group performs ‘butt exercises’ in front of Ambiga’s home” that appeared in The Star (Nation) today as written by Yuen Meikeng.
    As a former army officer, I feel grossly ashamed by the antics of those who have conducted themselves unbecomingly by performing “butt exercises” in front of Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga’s house in Bukit Damansara yesterday (May 15, 2012). What they did was not just ‘crude’, it was very rude.

    They held the bizarre and ‘very low-class’ protest in retaliation for her organising the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, which they claimed had given the country a bad name.
    It was reported that in the incident yesterday morning, about 15 ex-servicemen were seen stretching and shaking their buttocks in front of her house.

    As an officer, like all officers of the Malaysian Armed Forces from the Army, Navy and the Air Force, we were trained as officers as well as gentlemen and we were and are still expected to conduct ourselves in an exemplary manner at all times, even after we have retired or have left the service. However, the group of army veterans led by the Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association president Mohd Ali Baharom, who held the protest, I believe, is from the ‘non-officers rank’ and while not expected, it is not surprising that they behaved in such a way.

    Do they think that their approach would gain them supporters, admirers or bouquets? No, I definitely don’t think so.

    Many soldiers who are not officers are troubled with a stigma that we term as ‘other rank mentality’ which make them unable to apply or use rationale in many instances and one of our duties as officers during our active service was to correct them whenever they misbehaved either individually or as a group but nevertheless, while some are able to shake off that stigma after being corrected, many are still stuck with it even after the leave.

    If such a thing were to happen while I was still in service and if I were the officer-in-charge, or for that matter any officer who was in charge at the time, we would have disciplined all of them and we would have put all of them through a rehabilitation programme but, since they are all now veterans, they do not have any ‘officers’ to correct them anymore.

    There are many acceptable ways to conduct a protest and to do so in a civil manner and one of which is to use the courts. The other ways may be to hold a dialogue or send a protest letter.

    I wish to categorically place the action of that group as not representative of the Corp of Army Veterans, officers or other ranks regardless, and that we detest their action.

    * This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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    Proham: Stop ‘acts of intimidation’ towards Ambiga

    By Ida Lim

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    May 16, 2012
    KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — Human rights watchdog Proham today called for a halt to “acts of intimidation” against Bersih co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

    The group referred to two recent protests in front of Ambiga’s house: yesterday’s “bum exercise” by army veterans and last Thursday’s “burger protest” by traders seeking compensation for losses they claim to have suffered during the Bersih 3.0 rally.

    Proham described the two protests as “improper, inappropriate and in bad taste in view of the invasion of her privacy and the religious sensitivities involved” in a joint statement by Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Professor Hamdan Adnan and Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria.

    “What is more worrying is the insensitivity of selling beef burgers in front of an individual who is a vegetarian and a Hindu,” said Proham, pointing to the “burger protest”.

    During the protest, about 10 traders from Ikhlas prepared about 200 burgers outside Ambiga’s house and offered some to Ambiga, who is vegetarian.

    Proham likened the action to an incident in August 2009, when a cow’s head was used in a protest against the relocation of a Hindu temple in Shah Alam.

    As “authorities including the local council and police seem to turn a blind eye” to such incidents, Proham said these “set precedents” for similarly-themed protests.

    Police have said they will not act against those behind the “burger protest”, saying it was not an offence “if you want to sit in front of her house without disrupting other people.”

    “They didn’t enter her house, they were in a public space,” Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had said, adding that under the recently-enforced Peaceful Assembly Act all parties should be allowed to conduct peaceful gatherings.

    Proham urged the police and local authorities to “ensure that the perception of ... selective enforcement and justice is not created in the public mind” by carrying out “responsible policing and local government enforcement.”

    The watchdog had earlier this month “expressed serious concerns” over the burning of Ambiga’s photo and calls for the revocation of her citizenship, calling them an attempt to “demonise” the former Bar Council president.

    Proham also appealed for an end to “demonstrations in private residential areas” and the avoidance of “direct personal intimidation” and culturally insensitive acts.

    The protests against Ambiga come after chaotic scenes in Kuala Lumpur on April 28 when police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse Bersih supporters following a breach of the police barricade around Dataran Merdeka.

    The April 28 rally that saw tens of thousands gather at six different locations before heading to Dataran Merdeka was peaceful until about 2.30pm when Ambiga asked the crowd to disperse.

    But her call was not heard by most of the crowd who persisted around the historic square which the court had already barred to the public over the weekend.

    Just before 3pm, some protestors breached the barricade surrounding the landmark, leading police to disperse the crowd with tear gas and water cannons.

    Police then continued to pursue the rally-goers down several streets amid chaotic scenes which saw violence from both sides over the next four hours.
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    Free thosai outside DIG’s house

    B Nantha Kumar
    | May 16, 2012
    An Indian NGO claims that it wants to promote the heritage dish and denies that it has anything to do with the burger protest outside S Ambiga's house.

    KUALA LUMPUR: Fancy a free thosai breakfast this Sunday?

    If you do, then head down to Ampang as a coalition of 20 Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are planning to set up a thosai stall in front of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s residence on May 20.

    Urging the public to attend the event, the movement dubbed WargaAMAN, said the stall would provide free thosai to all this Sunday, starting 10am, at Jalan 2/7G, Taman Bukit Teratai, Ampang.

    WargaAMAN secretary S Barathidasan claimed that the event had “no connection” with the burger stall set up by some traders in front of Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga’s house last week.

    Last Thursday, a group of burger sellers staged a protest in front of Ambiga’s house by distributing 200 burgers.

    Organised by an NGO called Malaysia Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Alliance (Ikhlas), they set up the stall to show their displeasure over the April 28 Bersih rally, which Ikhlas claimed had disrupted their livelihood.

    The NGO alleged that burger stall owners had suffered losses amounting to RM200,000 due to the rally, concentrated in certain parts of the federal capital.

    Subsequently, Khalid, when asked why the police did not act against the burger stall owners, had replied that it was not wrong to sit in front of anyone’s house provided they did not disturb the occupants of the dwelling.
    The DIG had said that there was nothing wrong with protesting outside a person’s house as long as the occupants are not disturbed.

    “What offence? If you want to sit in front of her (Ambiga’s) house without disrupting other people, there is no offence.

    “As long as they don’t commit any offence such as trespassing on private property, we will not take action,” Khalid had told a press conference in reference to the “burger protest.”

    WargaAMAN, however, is firm that the event in front of Khalid’s house this Sunday would not be a protest but more of a thosai promotional event.

    “We plan to promote thosai… Malaysians seems to have forgotten about the dish which had been classified as a heritage food by the Malaysian Heritage Department

    “So, the event will be more of an awareness campaign… it is more to introduce the dish than a protest,” added Barathidasan.
    Apart from a free thosai meal, the public would also be taught how to make good thosai.

    “Since Khalid had said what he said, we chose his house. This is the assurance he gave. Moreover he is the number two cop in the country… it would be very safe outside his house,” he quipped.

    ‘Licence to grill’

    In a related development, another NGO condemned the vulgar aerobic exercise staged outside Ambiga’s house.
    Persatuan Kebajikan, Sosial Gemilang Puchong president V Rameshwaran said he was apalled that ex-servicemen could stoop so low.

    “This is disgraceful, these men are supposed to be role models for the younger generation. It is a shame that they chose to behave in such a crude manner.

    “It is acts like these that upset the public and turn Malaysia into a laughing stock. It will also make the people angrier with Barisan Nasional,” he told FMT.

    Rameshwaran said Ambiga was defending the constitutional rights of Malaysians, including that of the ex-servicemen who staged the lewd protest.

    As for the police’s justification for not acting against the “burger” protest, he suggested that stall owners whose premises were demolished by DBKL should set up stalls outside the houses of the mayor and Khalid.

    “This is wonderful news. Now everyone has the ‘licence to grill’ outside anyone’s house, including that of the mayor, police chief, prime minister and ministers,” he said.
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    Ambiga says attempted break-in at office


    They keep on talking about the car being overturned. But they don't mention that the people were raising the car to save someone who was believed to be trapped underneath.

    They keep on talking about the breach of the barricade but they don't talk about the barricade being way beyond the limits of the area circumscribed by the court order as shown in this picture. There was no breach of the barricade.

    On Tuesday, about 10 retired soldiers from the Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVTM) exercised their bottoms outside Ambiga’s house to protest against the Bersih chief for being an “enemy” of the nation.

    On Tuesday, about 10 retired soldiers from the Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVTM) exercised their bottoms outside Ambiga’s house to protest against the Bersih chief for being an “enemy” of the nation.
    These are the typical tactics of fascists throughout history. On 7th Apr 1775, Samuel Johnson has already warned us: Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

    http://www.samueljohnson.com/refuge.html
    UPDATED @ 10:58:13 AM 18-05-2012

    By Clara Chooi

    May 18, 2012

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenavasan reported a possible break-in attempt at her office in Damansara Heights here this morning after a staff member found the security box at the premises dismantled.

    But the Bersih co-chair told The Malaysian Insider that it was not immediately certain if anyone had made it into her office as nothing was believed to have been stolen.

    “But I am more afraid of people planting things rather than stealing things,” Ambiga (picture) said when contacted. “Still, I do not know if anyone came in.”

    She said her staff member, who is lodging a police report on the incident now, had made the discovery at about 8 this morning.
    “The security box, where you swipe your card to enter, was completely dismantled,” she said.

    Asked if she believed the attempted break-in was linked to the series of anti-Bersih protests outside her home, Ambiga refused to speculate.
    “Let me get more information first. We are lodging a report, so let’s get more details before saying anything further,” she said.

    Ambiga has been at the centre of attacks since she led a crowd of thousands down the streets of the capital during the Bersih 3.0 sit-in on April 28.

    Last Thursday, members of the Malaysia Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Alliance (Ikhlas) held a “burger protest” outside her home in Bukit Damansara here, claiming that the Bersih 3.0 protest had caused them a loss of income amounting to RM200,000.

    About 10 traders and some individuals dressed in Barisan Nasional (BN) uniform prepared about 200 burgers during their hour-long protest and offered some to Ambiga, who is vegetarian, as well as reporters covering the event.

    They also hung a burger on the gate of her house, which was removed.

    The former Bar Council president, who is often seen flanked by bodyguards wherever she goes, had later called the protest an invasion of privacy.

    She told the traders to file their claim for the losses suffered in court instead of holding protests outside her house.

    Ikhlas is now planning to stage a larger protest with 500 traders on May 24 as they “want the rally organisers to take responsibility for their actions and compensate traders.”

    Police have said they will not act against the traders as there is no offence “if you want to sit in front of her house without disrupting other people.”

    “They didn’t enter her house, they were in a public space,” Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had said on Monday, adding that under the recently-enforced Peaceful Assembly Act all parties should be allowed to conduct peaceful gatherings.

    On Tuesday, about 10 retired soldiers from the Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVTM) exercised their bottoms outside Ambiga’s house to protest against the Bersih chief for being an “enemy” of the nation.

    “We Armed Forces veterans have the right to protest against an ‘enemy’ who tried to smear the nation’s name,” said PVTM president Datuk Mohd Ali Baharom.

    Ambiga came out of her house to meet the veterans and received a placard from them which read “tolak Ambiga Anwar (reject Ambiga Anwar)”, referring to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    The Bersih 3.0 April 28 rally saw tens of thousands gather at six different locations before heading to Dataran Merdeka and was peaceful until about 2.30pm when Ambiga asked the crowd to disperse.

    But her call was not heard by most of the crowd who persisted around the historic square which the court had already barred to the public over the weekend.

    Just before 3pm, some protestors breached the barricade surrounding the landmark, leading police to disperse the crowd with tear gas and water cannons.

    Police then continued to pursue the rally-goers down several streets amid chaotic scenes which saw violence from both sides over the next four hours.

    Several dozen demonstrators have claimed that they were assaulted by groups of over 10 policemen at a time and visual evidence appears to back their claim but police also point to violence from rally-goers who also attacked a police car.

    The police car then crashed into a building before some protesters flipped it on its side.
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    MP: Burger protest infringes at least three laws


    http://malaysiakini.com/news/198323

    Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said he could find no law that allows the ‘burger protest’ in front of Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga’s house, but has instead found three laws that render such acts illegal.

    “I as a lawmaker could not find any legal provision that would allow the causing of nuisance in front of an individual’s house,” said Lim of the anti-Bersih protest on May 10.

    He quoted Section 46 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act that bars the placing of “obstructions” in public places, with a penalty of a fine up to RM500 on the first offence.

    He added that according to Section 110 of the Road Transport Act, anything placed on a road or interfering with the flow of traffic shall be liable of a fine not exceeding RM1,000.

    Lim (right) also quoted Section 80 of Local Government Act that compels local authorities to take action to “remove, put down and abate” public nuisances.

    The DAP parliamentarian was speaking at a press conference after Pakatan Rakyat MPs handed the mayor of Kuala Lumpur Ahmad Fuad Ismail a protest memorandum this morning over the protests outside Ambiga’s home.
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    Ambiga wins hands down

    Jeswan Kaur
    May 20, 2012

    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/cat...ns-hands-down/

    Her guts have scared politicians, espcially those with much at stake, hence the dirty move to deter her from pursuing her agenda of pushing for free and fair elections.

    COMMENT
    Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson A Samad Said is asking a very pertinent question – why are the detractors not giving him a hard time and are hell bent on harassing his colleague S Ambiga?

    “Why are they only targeting Ambiga, they should choose me too,” asked the 77 year-old national laurette.

    Samad or better known as Pak Samad has deduced that the targetted protest against Ambiga could have a “racial or religious” connotation.

    “If they continue to only target her, there may be a racial or religious slant which I think is not good,” he had said.
    Indeed, Samad has spoken the truth. Had it been an Malay or Chinese woman battling for electoral reforms, would politicians like Ibrahim Ali dare clamour that her citizenship be revoked?

    Or for that matter would the MCA or Umno remain silent had it been a Chinese or Malay woman whose life was being made a living hell?
    Strangely or regrettably, the MIC has chosen to pander to the fancy of Umno, the dominant force of ruling coalition Barisan Nasional. Not a murmur was made by MIC big-wigs to reprimand those who continue to breach the law and harass the former Malaysian Bar president.

    Ambiga spearheaded both the Bersih 2.0 and Bersih 3.0 protests demanding for reforms to the nation’s electoral system. It was the Bersih 3.0 protest with its hundreds of thousands of turnout that saw detractors attacking Ambiga.

    Post-Bersih 3.0, a series of protests that have taken place in front of Ambiga’s residence. On May 10, a group of burger sellers staged a protest in front of Ambiga’s house by distributing 200 burgers.

    Malaysia Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Alliance (Ikhlas), the NGO behind the protest said burger stall owners had suffered losses amounting to RM200,000 due to the April 28 rally.

    On May 15, a group of 15 army veterans carried out butt flexing exercises facing her house. In reaction to the protest she said that it was a “targeted and planned harassment”.

    Ambiga had said that since people know where she lives, they have constantly been coming to her house asking for free burgers and merely standing at her gate calling out her name.

    On May 18, there was an attempted break-in at Ambiga’s office in Damansara. She did not rule out intimidation tactics to scare her from pursuing the Bersih cause for clean and fair elections.

    Protect the rakyat, stop the tasteless humour

    While Ambiga’s privacy continues to be infringed upon, the police does not find it troubling enough to warrant action.

    Instead, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar had declared there was nothing wrong with protesting in front of her house as these protesters did not trespass on private property.

    Likewise, the police continues to downplay the attempted break-in at her office. Ambiga in her police report had mentioned that two men on a motorcycle have been following her for several days.

    Would the police’s reaction be the same had Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s house been the target of those unhappy with his leadership which is riddles with corruption, nepotism and cronyism?

    Or is it a case of ‘pilih bulu’ or choosing whom to protect based on their skin colour?

    Khalid’s comment that it was not wrong for protesters to demonstrate in front of Ambiga’s house is full of ambiguity. Is creating nuisance outside the residence of a person not unlawful? Also, is it unlawful to sexually harass an individual, albeit the distance involved?

    If it is not, then the time has come for such acts to be criminalised. Khalid has to stop making a fool of both himself and the police force.

    When non-governmental organisation WargaAMAN said it would set up stall outside Khalid’s house in Ampang on May 20 to distribute thosai for free to the public in an attempt to promote the dish, Khalid found it humorous enough to order a ‘thosai telur’ and suggested that the stall be set up at a nearby field since his house was not a suitable location.

    Khalid clearly lacks wisdom in discerning the gravity of an issue. Trying to display his sense of humour which was tasteless at best, he has only reinforced the people’s belief that the police force is on a tight leash of the ‘powers that be’.

    As for premier Najib, how can he expect the rakyat’s mandate to rule the country when as a leader who claims that he puts “people first” above all else, he is not the least concerned about the threats and harassment being made against a member of the public?

    Najib has also failed the rakyat when he opted to ‘play’ spectator each time Umno and Malay right wing Perkasa demanded that Ambiga’s citizenship be recalled.

    Whatever the case, Ambiga wins hands down

    When she led the rakyat in the Bersih 2.0 and Bersih 3.0 rallies respectively, Ambiga’s intention was far from being hailed as a hero. She was perturbed by the hanky-pankies taking place via the electoral process and decided it was time for a clean-up.

    But her guts have scared the politicians, espcially those with much at stake, hence the dirty move to deter her from pursuing her agenda of pushing for free and fair elections.

    Have those underhand tactics worked? Hardly. The spin-off effect is that the rakyat has realised the sincerity behind her call for electoral reforms.

    And unlike Khalid and her detractors, Ambiga has revealed immense maturity when she asked WargaAMAN not to proceed with its ‘free thosai’ event.

    Ambiga knows only too well this is not going to solve the already tensed situation. Besides, such actions transgressed the law and amounted to being a public nuisance.

    “I strongly urge all to refrain from these acts which infringe on the privacy of an individual. I urge those who are proposing to give the thosai to make them and distribute them to charity.

    “Everyone must work towards making Malaysia a better place for all and we must be respectful of private spaces,” she told FMT.

    Suffice to say that therein lies the difference between a woman who is out to fight for the rakyat and a top cop who takes dictates from politicians.

    Jeswan Kaur is a freelance writer and a FMT columnist.
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    By ..... 23th May 2012


    OPEN LETTER TO THE KUALA LUMPUR MAYOR

    Dear Datuk Bandar

    In this article http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/198758 in Malaysiakini, as he has admitted, Datuk Jamal Md Yunus is apparently still holding a licence for a stall on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) in Kuala Lumpur.

    Despite being the chain owner of Sekinchan Ikan Bakar Restaurant and a luxury car dealer, there is no reason why he should still be holding a license to operate a hawker stall, when the license could have been given to other more deserving Malaysians.

    There have been complaints from genuine hawkers that they are unable to obtain a license to operate in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. On the minds of my fellow Malaysians, it is no wonder that people like Jamal is hoarding the license. His political affiliation should not be the criterion used to grant him a license to operate as a petty trader.

    By virtue of his being president of the Kuala Lumpur Petty Traders Council (MBPKL), we will know whether the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has withdrawn his license to operate the hawker stall in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

    This letter is written in relation to Jamal’s arrogant and foolish act of intimidation against a fellow citizen, S. Ambiga, and her neighbours in Bukit Damansara.

    By copying the MPs in the Federal Territory, please raise this matter with the Datuk Bandar as well as in parliament. Also, please speak to the press about this issue of Alibaba businesses. I am sure Jamal no longer spends full time in the hawker stall, nor does he need the income generated from this hawker stall.
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    UMNO likes to claim that the Malays will lose power without UMNO. Actually, with UMNO, it is always necessary to reverse the logic to get at the truth. Without the Malays, UMNO will lose power. And it looks like that way is coming soon.


    When pseudo-Malays seek control

    http://malaysiakini.com/columns/198590
    Mariam Mokhtar
    4:49PM May 21, 2012

    Umno believes that it represents all the Malays. It doesn’t. Millions of Malays have rejected Umno and without Malay support, Umno will become extinct. Bersih has awoken the Malays and therefore Bersih is Umno’s biggest threat.

    The Bersih 3.0 rally forced the worst out of the Umno Malays last week: there were supposedly Malay traders who offered free burgers despite bitterly complaining about loss of income; ex-soldiers flashing their flabby posteriors, making us glad they had left the service; a senior police officer who mocked the law by condoning protests opposite private homes; a defence minister who believes he is above the law and has probably planned his escape in a submarine which cannot submerge, and a formerly ‘respected’ senator who resigned from his party and now tells us to accept corrupt politicians.

    The traders protesting in front of Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan’s house must be well to do. No food vendor gives away food. Giving away freebies is like cutting off a limb.

    Despite the traders’ claims of business losses, some Bersih 3.0 protesters were sceptical: “I was at the rally and ate at a mamak restaurant in Jalan Masjid India. I was lucky to get a seat and had my usual fare which normally costs RM3.20. That day, the bill was a whopping RM5.80. Traders losing money?”

    Real traders would not compound the problem by wasting more resources on a publicity stunt. As every entrepreneur knows, time is money. When Malay traders play politics, one wonders why the NEP target is difficult to achieve.

    The racial undertone is another worrying aspect of the attacks on Ambiga. If the co-chairperson of Bersih, the poet laureate A Samad Said, were also to be targeted, many placid Malays would be enraged. Malays fighting each other would destroy former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s insinuation that Bersih is a battle between Malays and non-Malays.

    In fact, the same selective harassment was evident at last month’s anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rally at the Universiti Putra Malaysia campus in Serdang. There were chants of “Reject Ambiga, Reject LGBT” in a mass bout of hysteria led by Gabungan NGO Malaysia’s Radzi Daud. He labelled the LGBT as those “who are insane” and said “Anyone who is LGBT is one who has had their souls taken by Satan”.

    People like Radzi fail to question the high levels of adultery, promiscuity and incest amongst Malays, or the dumping of newly-born infants in front of suraus.

    At the same anti-LGBT rally, Alam Warisan president Azam Moktar blamed the “immigrant ethnicities” for trying to change Malaysian social values and for “trying to set fire in Malaysia”.

    The apoplectic Azam, clad in traditional Malay garb, declared: “Today I withhold this keris. But if one day I can't tolerate anymore, I will use the keris against the enemy of this land!”

    The irony is that many immigrants from India and Indonesia who were, or are, in the cabinet claim to speak for the Malays.

    Moral high ground


    In Malaysia, it is not what you know but who you know that is more important. The anti-LGBT people wouldn’t dare attack Marina Mahathir, who condemned Ambiga’s treatment prior to the Seksualiti Merdeka Festival last November. Marina was livid with TV3 for reporting the event as a “free sex festival”.

    “……..two years ago, I officiated Seksualiti Merdeka without any incident. It is an event to explain and educate them of their rights within the laws, and not outside.……there are no words to describe, at certain parties calling this a free sex festival,” she had said.

    “I have been defending the LGBT community’s rights for over 20 years now. In fact, I defend the rights of all who have been discriminated against…..”

    Next week, 60 petty traders have threatened to disrupt the peace in front of Ambiga’s house. We should uncover who controls the slush fund assisting these traders. Government agencies including the police and health inspectors appear to condone their acts. There is also an apparent relaxation of the normally cumbersome bureaucratic red-tape.

    You can arrive at your own conclusions just by plain observation. Most of the petty traders who have appeared in front of Ambiga’s house appear to be Muslim Indians. People who frequent street markets in Kuala Lumpur are aware that many stalls are manned by foreigners, mainly Indonesians. These pseudo-Malays have claimed the moral high ground, whilst Umno Malays have besmirched the character of the ordinary Malay.

    Two days after the burger protest, some people purporting to be ex-soldiers disgraced their former units and indirectly, the Agong, to whom our armed forces swear allegiance.

    An army veteran alleged: “These ex-soldiers cannot be true soldiers. Servicemen are proud of their traditions and their brigade. These men have no shame. I am told they were Rela members who were paid to do the ‘dance’. The going fee was RM50. The paymaster had expected a much larger crowd. Unfortunately, only a handful turned up.”

    His criticism was endorsed by a former soldier who had written to the newspapers: “What they did was not just crude, it was rude……..like all officers of the Malaysian Armed Forces from the Army, Navy and the Air Force, we were trained as officers as well as gentlemen and we were, and still are, expected to conduct ourselves in an exemplary manner at all times, even after we have retired or left the service.”

    The recent unpleasant scenes have been stage-managed by Umno. For Umno Malays, Islam is not their religion, Umno is their new religion. Sadly, ordinary Malays are too timid to stand up to Umno and are fearful of questioning our Umno-appointed religious scholars. How ironic that a Canadian Muslim woman had to address Malay shortcomings because we were too afraid to confront our fears.

    Why should the pseudo-Malays hide behind the cloak of the ordinary Malay and press their divisive agenda to the forefront? Until Malays start using their intellect and speak out on things that matter, Malaysia will always be a place where there are Malay, Chinese, Indian and ‘bangsa lain-lain’ issues but never, Malaysian issues.



    MARIAM MOKHTAR is a non-conformist traditionalist from Perak, a bucket chemist and an armchair eco-warrior. In ‘real-speak', this translates into that she comes from Ipoh, values change but respects culture, is a petroleum chemist and also an environmental pollution-control scientist.
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    Is there a racist and sexist agenda here, targeting Ambiga but treating Pak Samad with kid's gloves.

    Ambiga says ‘sorry’ for not pushing Bersih agenda harder


    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/m...agenda-harder/

    By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

    May 24, 2012

    Bersih 3.0 co-chairman Datuk A. Samad Said showing the memorandum to the media at Datuk Ambiga’s house. – Photo by Jack Ooi

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 – Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has refused to apologise to anti-Bersih groups who gathered at her home earlier today for what took place during the April 28 rally, and maintained that Bersih’s struggle was relevant for Malaysia’s future.Two anti-Bersih groups – one led by traders calling themselves “Bersih 4.0” and the other “Halau 1.0” – had gathered near Ambiga’s residence here in Bukit Damansara earlier today demanding she apologise for the violence and alleged property damage which occurred during the Bersih 3.0 rally.
    Both groups presented separate memoranda to Ambiga, which was received instead by Bersih co-chairman Datuk A. Samad Said.

    “I’m prepared to apologise. I’m 55. I apologise to the next generation because I did not fight harder... I should have so that Malaysia won’t descend to this level, that is all I will apologise for.
    “It is unacceptable that the situation come to this level that my neighbourhood was like a war zone, authorities could have nipped it in the bud,” Ambiga told reporters after the two groups had left.

    The former Bar Council chairman stressed that she was “not unsympathetic to people who genuinely lost money” but added that they had to weigh their incurred losses to gains made in the name of free and fair elections.

    “I have done enough. There were two memorandums (sic) handed today... I want you to judge its contents for yourself,” she told reporters.

    Ambiga was flanked by most of the Bersih steering committee members as well as dozens of supporters who came today to show support for the Bersih co-chairman.

    Ambiga’s private residence in Bukit Damansara has been the target of protest gatherings of late, in the uproar that followed the Bersih 3.0 rally for free and fair elections.

    To date, two separate groups have held protests outside her home.

    The first involved some 10 traders who prepared about 200 chicken and beef burgers, and even offered some to the Bersih leader, who is vegetarian and a Hindu.

    The group also promised a larger protest with 500 traders but later cancelled the May 24 event, saying they had taught Ambiga a lesson after Bersih said there were no plans for another rally.

    A few days later, about 10 retired soldiers from the Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVTM) exercised their bottoms outside of Ambiga’s house to protest against the Bersih chief for being — according to them — an “enemy” of the nation.

    “Bersih 4.0” leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos announced today that his group of traders will organise a 150,000-strong gathering at Stadium Bukit Jalil next month as part of an on-going protest to demand compensation for alleged losses incurred during the April 28 rally in the city capita
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