Despite death threat, Ambiga says Bersih rally still on
KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today the July 9 Bersih rally will carry on as planned, and that “nothing has changed” even after she received a death threat yesterday.
“As far as we are concerned nothing has changed. This is nothing racial, it is a united effort by civil society to push for electoral reforms.
“Our intention is a peaceful demonstration, our demands are reasonable,” the Bersih chairman told reporters during a press conference outside the Travers police station here.
Ambiga (picture), accompanied by Bersih steering committee members Dr Wong Chin Huat, Maria Chin Abdullah as well as PKR’s Latheefa Koya, lodged a police report today. All of them had received the death threat against Ambiga via text message last night.
The text message warned Ambiga as well as PAS and PKR leaders from going ahead with the July 9 Bersih rally, and said her life would be in jeopardy should it (the rally) proceed.
“Korg ni buta hati ke?? buat apa sokong ambiga keling paria haramjadah tu? dia ni kapir laknat. korang tau tak dia ni jadi alat anjing2 politik untuk musnahkan keutuhan melayu. dia kata je nak BERSIH kan SPR. bersih kepala bapak dia. puak2 PAS n PKR pun buta tuli n pekak badak.. kalau SPR tak bersih, boleh ke diorang menang kat Sgor, Kedah, Penang, Kelantan n perak dulu?
“DAP cina sial tu pulak lagi haram jahanam. dia tengok je melayu bertekak. hujung2 dia perintah negara ni dan kristiankan kita semua. aku nak kasi amaran kat korang semua. kalau perhimpunan ni jadi, aku dan org2 aku akan bunuh ambiga dan korang2 keliling dia satu persatu, termasuklah orang2 politik bangang yang bersekongkol ngan kafir laknat tu.. ini amaran aku. Korang tengok nanti.”
(Are you people blind? Why would you support that pariah keling Ambiga? She is an infidel. Don’t you know that she is a tool of those political dogs who are out to destroy the strength of the Malays. She is just saying she wants to clean up the EC, she should clean up her father’s head. And the PAS, PKR leaders, they are deaf, dumb, blind and illiterate. If the EC is not clean then how did they win Selangor, Kedah, Penang, Kelantan and Perak? The damned Chinese DAP is even more despicable. They just watch the Malays go at each other’s throats. In the end, they will rule the country and turn all of us into Christians. I am warning you all. If this rally happens, me and my people will kill Ambiga and you can all corner her one by one, including those stupid politicians who associate themselves with this infidel. This is my warning. Watch and see.)
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today the police will investigate the death threats made against Ambiga, stressing that the threat was very serious considering the circumstances.
Asked to comment on Hishammuddin’s promise, Ambiga said she had full confidence that the police would be able to find the person responsible for the threat.
“I have full confidence in the police. They will find out who is responsible. (In the meantime) I urge everyone to remain calm,” she said.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) component parties and activists are gearing up to march on July 9 in the second such rally by election watchdog Bersih.
The first rally in 2007 saw up to 50,000 people take to the capital’s street before they were dispersed by police armed with tear gas and water cannons.