Analysis In Response : On 3 Article On Bersih 2.0 in Late July 2011

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Ambiga will not contest in GE, says no stomach for politics UPDATED @ 04:45:37 PM 12-07-2011 July 12, 2011 Ambiga is seen as a new symbol of dissent in civil society. — File pic KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 — Bersih 2.0 chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today she will not stand as a candidate in the coming general election, saying she has no “stomach” for local politics. The former Bar Council chief is seen as a new symbol of civil society’s dissent, together with national laureate Datuk A. Samad Said, for her bold stand in the face of the ruling Barisan Nasional’s (BN) coalition over the rally for electoral reform. Her rising popularity has prompted several calls for her to stand as an election candidate in the 13th general election, still expected will be held by early next year. “Absolutely not!” she told reporters today when asked if she would contest. “And I’ll tell you why. I have no stomach for politics in this country,” she said. While the police say only 6,000 people joined in the Bersih 2.0 rally, the group has claimed a turnout of 50,000 supporters in its city rally last Saturday. Many Malaysians have also duplicated similar demonstrations worldwide in cities from Sydney to London and San Francisco. However, the ruling BN has persistently linked the coalition of 62 registered civil societies to the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact, and painted them as bent on taking over Putrajaya. Ambiga, who has been repeatedly attacked over her decision to stand with PR leaders in the Saturday rally, explained again today that she only accepted their offer entirely on grounds of security. “Think about who was threatening us. Not Pakatan. The threats, the violence… all came from BN. All Pakatan was trying to do that day was secure our safety,” she said. She clarified that acceptance of PR’s aide last Saturday did not mean that Bersih 2.0 is now partisan. “We are working on our own but we welcome anyone’s input, both Pakatan and Barisan,” Ambiga said, and urged all groups to stop portraying the electoral movement as partisan.
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 17:37 Ambiga: No thanks to politics, no stomach for it in this country Written by Melissa Lee, Malaysia Chronicle Ambiga: No thanks to politics, no stomach for it in this country Bersih chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan has confirmed she does not have any intention to enter active politics and leave the world of NGOs, in which she has become a much valued star. And her explanation – “I have no stomach for politics in this country.” A well-deserved rap in the wrist for the politicians because Malaysian politics is surely among the dirtiest the world. The ability of ruling party UMNO wallow in the swill has enabled it to enforce 5 decades of political hegemony. But in line with the changing times and the new generations of well-educated Malaysians, the burden of political change is lighter now. This is due in no small part to the greater activism of Malaysians compared to a decade ago, when the first seeds of Reform or Reformasi was planted by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. Will BN ever learn Evidence of the societal changes taking in place is Saturday’s successful Bersih 2.0 rally attended by a 100,000-strong crowd. Amid accusations that the event was a plot by Anwar to topple the BN government, Ambiga had invited Prime Minister Najib Razak to attend. But the BN declined. They also banned the rally and ordered an unprecedented crackdown by the police that led to one death and thousands of injured. “We are working on our own but we welcome anyone’s input, both Pakatan and Barisan,” Ambiga told reporters. She has been accused many times of favouring Pakatan and even on Tuesday, she was asked why she was standing on the Pakatan’s side during the police attack on the group of Pakatan and Bersih leaders at the KL Sentral, where they had given a joint press conference on July 9. “Think about who was threatening us. Not Pakatan. The threats, the violence all came from BN. All Pakatan was trying to do that day was secure our safety,” she said. Something for Najib and BN to reflect on in a constructive way and not twist her latest comments again into another racially-tinged brouhaha. So far, Ambiga has received death threats, threats to gang-rape her and even to revoke her citizenship by UMNO-linked groups. – Malaysia Chronicle
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Rubbish! Some of us don’t have stomach for lies Ambiga. If you can rally you can definitely run for candidacy you LIAR. Nothing queenly about skulking about in the background refusing to run for election. There are few enough candidates with the courage to run for election as of now and if you care for the Rakyat, you jolly well will not behave like a c0–tease! Otherwise we will think : ” She was there at Bersih to get people arrested! How dare you not run for candidacy Ambiga?
Bersih was a trap led by this pro-BN mole! ” ;and that those threats were well deserved even though they were pre-scripted. A woman greedy for photo ops, who sided against Nizar in Pahang for MB, who was from treacherous Bar Council, this grandstanding cult of personality wannabe, gives the voters no concrete action! As guessed Bersih was a rally unto itself, but for no purpose except to spend the Rakyat’s righteous anger. Rakyat, run for private candidacy and remember :
1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.
Clean the electoral roll The electoral roll is marred with irregularities such as deceased persons and multiple persons registered under a single address or non-existent addresses. The electoral roll must be revised and updated to wipe out these ‘phantom voters’. The rakyat have a right to an electoral roll that is an accurate reflection of the voting population. In the longer term, BERSIH 2.0 also calls for the EC to implement an automated voter registration system upon eligibility to reduce irregularities. 2. Reform postal ballot The current postal ballot system must be reformed to ensure that all citizens of Malaysia are able to exercise their right to vote. Postal ballot should not only be open for all Malaysian citizens living abroad, but also for those within the country who cannot be physically present in their voting constituency on polling day. Police, military and civil servants too must vote normally like other voters if not on duty on polling day. The postal ballot system must be transparent. Party agents should be allowed to monitor the entire process of postal voting. 3. Use of indelible ink Indelible ink must be used in all elections. It is a simple, affordable and effective solution in preventing voter fraud. In 2007, the EC decided to implement the use of indelible ink. However, in the final days leading up to the 12th General Elections, the EC decided to withdraw the use of indelible ink citing legal reasons and rumours of sabotage. BERSIH 2.0 demands for indelible ink to be used for all the upcoming elections. Failure to do so will lead to the inevitable conclusion that there is an intention to allow voter fraud. 4. Minimum 21 days campaign period The EC should stipulate a campaign period of not less than 21 days. A longer campaign period would allow voters more time to gather information and deliberate on their choices. It will also allow candidates more time to disseminate information to rural areas. The first national elections in 1955 under the British Colonial Government had a campaign period of 42 days but the campaign period for 12th GE in 2008 was a mere 8 days. 5. Free and fair access to media It is no secret that the Malaysian mainstream media fails to practice proportionate, fair and objective reporting for political parties of all divide. BERSIH 2.0 calls on the EC to press for all media agencies, especially state-funded media agencies such as Radio and Television Malaysia (RTM) and Bernama to allocate proportionate and objective coverage for all potlical parties. 6. Strengthen public institutions Public institutions must act independently and impartially in upholding the rule of law and democracy. Public institutions such as the Judiciary, Attorney-General, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC), Police and the EC must be reformed to act independently, uphold laws and protect human rights. In particular, the EC must perform its constitutional duty to act independently and impartially so as to enjoy public confidence. The EC cannot continue to claim that they have no power to act, as the law provides for sufficient powers to institute a credible electoral system. 7. Stop corruption Corruption is a disease that has infected every aspect of Malaysian life. BERSIH 2.0 and the rakyat demand for an end to all forms of corruption. Current efforts to eradicate corruption are mere tokens to appease public grouses. We demand that serious action is taken against ALL allegations of corruption, including vote buying. 8. Stop dirty politics Malaysians are tired of dirty politics that has been the main feature of the Malaysian political arena. We demand for all political parties and politicians to put an end to gutter politics. As citizens and voters, we are not interested in gutter politics; we are interested in policies that affect the nation.
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And you guys think I’m idealistic? In many countries around the world the below 3 items are more tolerable than the above 8 items :
1) Freedom from Apartheid/Fascism
2) Freedom from Religious-Persecution/Religious-Supremacy.
3) Equality for all ethnicities and faiths in all aspects of policy, Law and Constitution.
Who’s being unrealistic and insane now? The 8 items are even less unimplementable than the 3 items. Think voters, think corrupted BN factions, with the 3 items you ‘might’ be able to keep your corrupted wealth. With the 8 items (which I believe even the so-called 1st World Nations still struggle with) you might be impeached for corruption after all. So how about it BN? Grant 3 items and survive GE13 (maybe only) or keep floundering around with Bumiputra Apartheid and the 8 as of now impossible 8 items. It’s just equality and BN top tiers will have a chance live to fight GE14.
With ambiguous Ambiga backing out like this the Bersih page should not read ‘ page_id=4111 ‘ but ‘ page_id=4333 ‘ – of 1600+ honest dupes who rallied with Ambiga! Step up to candidacy or at least post bail for the 1600+ hapless detainees Ambiga, or be damned as the worst among BN’s moles ever!

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