S AMBIGA, A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE

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1 S Ambiga: Attacks from wolves, jackals and…..
2 In Support of S Ambiga
3
S. AMBIGA SPEAKS HER MIND…
4 S. AMBIGA WAS AT SILIBIN & BUNTONG, IPOH ON MAY 1, 2013!
5 Warning for S Ambiga: Gangsters hired to terminate her
6
Mahathir: Strip Ambiga of her citizenship!

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — After helming Bersih 2.0 and leading mass rallies of tens of thousands in the fight for free and fair elections, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan declares that she doesn’t like the spotlight “at all.”

The charismatic activist, who has since stepped down as chair of the electoral watchdog and is now president of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam), is no longer in the public eye as much as before, but says she still gets plenty of requests for speaking engagements.

In her fight for electoral reforms, Ambiga had stared down death threats, beligerent calls to revoke her citizenship, and army veterans who protested right outside her house by shaking their buttocks.

Here, Ambiga talks about electoral reforms, democracy, upholding the Federal Constitution and politicians who just can’t get it right.

In her own words:

  • With all this going on, people must not lose focus that at the end of the day, the only way we can bring legitimate change is through a clean ballot box and through clean elections… Immediate attention must be given to the redelineation process and we must make sure they don’t steal the election from us through gerrymandering as they did during the last election. That must be our immediate focus. Don’t forget, cheating in elections doesn’t just happen on election day. It starts long before that, in the build up, in the processes, in the things they put in place, in people that they move around, in people that they register.
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S Ambiga is interviewed by Christine Amanpour on CNN

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Malaysiakini

And the Newsmaker of 2012 is…
8:05AM Dec 29, 2012

Every year, for over a decade, Malaysiakini has named a top newsmaker as we bring the curtain down on the year.

A newsmaker is defined as ‘someone whose actions make news headlines, who effects the course of public discourse and creates an impact in Malaysian politics, for better or worse’.

For 2012, Malaysiakini has nominated 10 individuals for readers to vote on. A total of 697 participated in the five-day survey, opened only to paying subscribers of the news portal.
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Interestingly this time around, Malaysiakini readers paid tribute to the individual who missed out on the newsmaker of the year award last year.

The award goes to…

And the newsmaker of 2011 is former Bar Council chairperson and Bersih co-coordinator Ambiga Sreenevasan – the woman who launched the mother of all protests.

Perhaps this did not come as a surprise as yesterday, Malaysiakini readers picked the Bersih 3.0 rally as the top news of 2012.

Selected results
NONE1. S Ambiga – Senior lawyer and Bersih co-coordinator

6,438 votes

NONE2. Rafizi Ramli – PKR director of strategy

5,480 votes

NONE3. Wong Tack – leader of Himpunan Hijau

5,435 votes

For more, read Malaysiakini

And the Newsmaker of 2012 is…

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last year.

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last year.

Free Malaysia Today

Ambiga to leave Bersih after GE

G Vinod | August 22, 2012

The Bersih co-chaiperson told Bloomberg that she wants to devote more time to her firm which specialises on many legal issues.

PETALING JAYA: Bersih co-chaiperson S Ambiga said that she would step down from the electoral reforms movement after the next general election.

In an interview with Bloomberg today, Ambiga said that she intended to pay more attention to her firm which specialises in commercial, intellectual property and industrial law.

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In the interview, Ambiga said that she has some unfinished business from her previous campaign on women’s rights, which was not well received by the government.

“The courts had abdicated their responsibility over a lot of family law issues in situations involving both the syariah and civil courts,” she said.

Ambiga was referring to cases where husbands converted to Islam and unilaterally converted their children too, creating a lot of confusion in families and leaving their wives in the doldrums.

“In 2008, the government had proposed legislation requiring individuals wishing to convert to first inform family members and address custody issues, but the process was stalled at the Council of Rulers, who are responsible for Islamic affairs,” said Ambiga.

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Ambiga to leave Bersih after GE

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Ambiga also told Bloomberg she planned to quit her Bersih co-chair post after the next elections to focus on her legal work, including speaking up for women’s rights.

Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya misjudged ‘right-thinking’ Malaysians, Ambiga tells Bloomberg

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 ― The Najib administration has underestimated “right-thinking” Malaysians by continuing to play the race and religious card, electoral reforms champion Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told Bloombergin an interview published today ― suggesting the move may backfire on the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in national polls due soon.

The decorated lawyer-activist has repeatedly been “demonised” by right-wing Malay groups and BN lawmakers ― especially from Malay party Umno ― in the last two years since helming civil rights movement Bersih and pushing the government to clean up the electoral rolls perceived as tainted.

“They underestimate right-thinking Malaysians,” she told the business wire in an interview published today.

“We don’t like bullying,” she added.

The 55-year-old former Malaysian Bar president has also received death threats for standing up for marginalised women whose husbands convert to Islam in Muslim-dominant Malaysia and was even accused of treason ― a law that carries the death penalty ― by an Umno lawmaker in Parliament, for pushing Bersih’s agenda for clean elections.

The Home Ministry declared Bersih an illegal organisation ahead of its planned July 9 rally in the national capital last year, while members of Perkasa, a pro-government, self-styled Malay rights group, had openly burnt her portraits and denounced her in leaflets printed with the words “Awas!!! Ambiga, wanita Hindu yang merbahaya (Caution!!! Ambiga, a dangerous Hindu woman).”

The mother-of-two told Bloomberg she believes her “demonisation” has intensified because government supporters want to undermine Bersih’s credibility.

“I’m a minority in every sense of the word and I think they thought it would be easy to do,” said the Indian Hindu woman.

Her harassment continued this year after Bersih’s April 28 rally in the capital city, with Malay veterans from the armed forces holding a “butt exercise” in front of her home while several Malay traders set up shop along the road to her home and offered the devout Hindu free beef burgers.

Hindus regard the cow as a sacred animal and eschew eating beef.

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As the window for the 13th general election ― which must be called by April next year ― narrows, Umno leaders and the mainstream media have warned the country may see a repeat of the May 13, 1969 racial riots that broke out in the capital city.

Bloomberg reported Ambiga saying she did not believe Malaysia, which saw racial clashes and the suspension of Parliament when the ruling party lost support in the 1969 election, will experience political violence.

“If enough people want change, there’s very little anyone can do to stop it,” she told the business news agency.

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Ambiga also told Bloomberg she planned to quit her Bersih co-chair post after the next elections to focus on her legal work, including speaking up for women’s rights.

“The ordinary Malaysian is beginning to realise that it is not acceptable to play up religion and race in politics. There is a real maturing,” she told Bloomberg.

Putrajaya misjudged ‘right-thinking’ Malaysians, Ambiga tells Bloomberg

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Malaysia Chronicle

Friday, 13 July 2012 10:20

The racial question: Harassing Ambiga & other pro-democracy activists – Economist

Written by  The Economist

THE house of Ambiga Sreenevasan in a leafy neighbourhood of Kuala Lumpur looks ordinary enough. Getting into it, though, betrays a different reality. A security guard greets visitors, who are then scrutinised by newly installed surveillance cameras. A bodyguard hovers somewhere inside the house.

The precautions are revealing. Ms Ambiga has become the target of what she describes as “relentless attacks”, including death threats. They have thrust a middle-class lawyer (she is a former president of the Malaysian Bar Council) into the centre of politics in the run-up to what could be a pivotal general election.

Ms Ambiga is co-leader of the Bersih movement, a coalition of NGOs campaigning for free and fair elections. To her supporters, Bersih, which means “clean” in Malay, is dedicated to strengthening democracy in Malaysia, where the system is heavily skewed in favour of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). The party has been in power continuously since independence in 1957; it governs in a coalition known as the Barisan Nasional (BN) mainly with two minority parties, one ethnic Chinese and the other Indian, reflecting the racial composition of the country.

To many within UMNO, Ms Ambiga is a grave threat, the more so because Najib Razak, the prime minister, has to go to the polls by the second quarter of next year, but appears to be reluctant to call the election. Though his personal support rating is high, the coalition is less popular.

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For more click on the link

The racial question: Harassing Ambiga & other pro-democracy activists – Economist

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Yesterday, Ambiga lodged a police report at the Travers police station over an email which warned her about a threat against her life.

Free Malaysia Today

‘We’ll defend her at any cost’

B Nantha Kumar | July 2, 2012

Two NGOs and a business organisation are livid over the death threat received by Bersih chairperson S Ambiga.

KUALA LUMPUR: Two NGOs and a business organisation have expressed anger over the death threat received by Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga.

WargaAman secretary-general S Barathidasan told FMT that the NGO’s members would defend her at any cost.

Whereas Persatuan Kebajikan dan Sosial Gemilang Puchong president V Rameshwaran dared the people responsible to face him instead of being “cowards who threatened a woman”.

Barathidasan said Ambiga was an international figure who was more popular than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

“It seems like those who disagree with Ambiga’s vision for free and fair elections are now resorting to psychological warfare against her,” he added.

WargaAMAN also urged the police to act immediately to find out who was responsible for the threat.

KUALA LUMPUR: Two NGOs and a business organisation have expressed anger over the death threat received by Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga. WargaAman secreta…

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Malaysian Insider

Don’t hurt other races, Najib tells BN members

By Shannon Teoh
June 29, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called on his Barisan Nasional (BN) that is spearheaded by race-based parties not to raise the temperature of communal relations, as he seeks to shore up non-Malay support for a general election that must be held within a year.

The Umno president’s call comes just days after one of his MPs, Datuk Mohamad Aziz, likened Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to a member of militant group al-Ma’unah and asked in Parliament why the Bersih chief should not be considered a traitor and hung for organising the April 28 rally for free and fair elections.

The lawmaker’s remark drew the reproach of the opposition, who accused him of targeting Ambiga because of her race and religion.

“We will continue these efforts and remind members not to make statements that will hurt the feelings of other races or BN component parties,” the prime minister said after chairing a BN supreme council meeting, referring to welfare programmes under his 1 Malaysia slogan.

Don’t hurt other races, Najib tells BN members;

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Free Malaysia Today

Stupid men talking nonsense

June 29, 2012

BN politicians are growing out of ideas to hoodwink the public, including the latest attempt by Umno MP Mohamad Aziz.

COMMENT

by Charles Santiago

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr said: “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

I wonder what Barisan Nasional’s Sri Gading lawmaker Mohamad Aziz is. Chances are maybe both.

I cannot really say I am shocked by his statement calling for Bersih’s co-chairperson S Ambiga to be “hanged” for treason towards the King.

Mohamad called her a traitor for leading the call for free and fair elections, prompting tens of thousands of people to take to the streets last July.

We have been seeing politicians from the ruling camp spewing venom just because they have absolute power and know their dangerously stupid remarks would be dismissed.

And sure enough BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor said Mohamad’s views were his personal opinion and do not reflect the party stance. And then he subtly reminded the public that the case related to the Bersih 3.0 assembly is still under investigation by the authorities.

Mohamad was not reprimanded although his remarks have the danger of further dividing the nation which is already split down the middle as a result of race-based politics. But realising his statement sounds ludicrous, he scrambled around to manage the damage done by saying he was merely posing a question to Parliament on the possibility of Ambiga being punished.

Then Mohamad retracted his remarks.

It is shameless that threats and attacks have been mounted on Ambiga because she is an easy target.

Mohamad’s statement is not just racist but also seditious. It is clear he threatened Ambiga because she is a woman, an Indian and a Hindu. Even her counterpart, poet laureate A Samad Said has said he has been spared because he is a Malay.

The silent PM

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak goes around town trying to engage different communities with his 1Malaysia rhetoric which aims at national integration through racial unity. But his men don’t get it, do they? And Najib himself has kept painfully mum when Ambiga was targeted.

by Charles Santiago Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr said: âNothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscien…

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Malaysian Insider

Treason is giving away citizenship for votes, says Ambiga

By Debra Chong
June 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — Treason is giving away citizenship for votes at the ballot box and not asking for clean elections, Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today, a day after an Umno MP called for her to be hanged.

The prominent lawyer-activist has led the call for the federal government to reform the election process and rid voter roll of dubious entries, for which she has been repeatedly branded a “traitor” by right-wing elements within the pro-Barisan Nasional (BN) establishment. They have also demanded for her citizenship to be stripped.

But an Umno lawmaker went a step further yesterday and called for Ambiga (picture) to be hanged for pushing electoral reforms through two street demonstrations, which the Najib administration has said was a bid to topple the government.

“Shouldn’t we also hang Ambiga for treason towards the (Yang diPertuan) Agong? Traitors should be punished as harshly as possible,” Sri Gading MP Datuk Mohamad Aziz said in Parliament last night, referring to the violent spectacle in the nation’s capital after the April 28 Bersih rally.

The four-term federal lawmaker had compared Ambiga to leaders of the Al-Ma’unah militants who tried to overthrow the government in 2000 and were eventually sentenced to death by hanging for “waging war against the King,” the first people to be convicted of the offence.

“‘Off with her head!!’ Sounds like Alice in Wonderland! The statement, of course, reflects more on the maker than on me,” Ambiga said in response to Mohamad’s remark.

Treason is giving away citizenship for votes, says Ambiga

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MIC leader S Vell Paari says the Sri Gading MP who suggested that S Ambiga be hanged for treason should be sentenced to death instead for possessing a low IQ.

Free Malaysia Today

MIC man: Hang Umno MP instead

RK Anand | June 27, 2012

MIC leader S Vell Paari says the Sri Gading MP who suggested that S Ambiga be hanged for treason should be sentenced to death instead for possessing a low IQ.

PETALING JAYA: Without mincing his words, a MIC leader has called for the hanging of an Umno lawmaker, whom the former accused of suffering from a lack of intelligence.

S Vell Paari launched a stinging salvo against Sri Gading MP Mohamad Aziz for suggesting that Bersih chairperson S Ambiga be hanged for treason.

The MIC central working committee member pointed out that all political parties, including those in the opposition, had such characters in their ranks.

“As for Mohamad Aziz, he should be hanged for having a low IQ. I believe somebody must have dropped him on his head when he was young,” he told FMT.

“This is how we shoot ourselves in the foot. As some have pointed out, it is BN which makes Ambiga and Bersih popular to the ruling coalition’s detriment,” he said.

Vell Paari said the Umno MP had also taken a racist stand by targeting Ambiga and not Bersih’s co-chairperson A Samad Said.

He vowed to raise the matter during MIC’s CWC meeting tomorrow to push the party leadership to voice its protest over such insensitive statements.

“The Indian community is angered by the continued attack on Ambiga and it is time for the MIC leadership to put its foot down.

“This is not about winning votes but to stop the harassment of a well-respected woman,” he said.

MIC leader S Vell Paari says the Sri Gading MP who suggested that S Ambiga be hanged for treason should be sentenced to death instead for possessing a low IQ.

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Malaysian Insider

‘Hang Ambiga’ call not BN stand, says sec-gen

 
June 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — The Barisan Nasional (BN) today played down an Umno lawmaker’s call for Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to be hanged for treason, saying it was not the ruling coalition’s stand in what seems to be a bid to arrest its sliding popularity ahead of key national polls.

“What was mentioned by the Sri Gading MP, Datuk Mohamad Aziz, in the Parliamentary session yesterday (June 26, 2012) suggesting that the organiser of the Bersih Assembly, Datuk S. Ambiga, be hanged to death by linking her to the Al-Ma’unah militants for attempting to create disorder and overthrow the government of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is personal and not BN’s stand.

Ambiga personally appeared tickled by Mohamad’s remark instead of being incensed. — file pic

“I would like to stress that Barisan Nasional upholds the Malaysian Constitution and the rule of law and the Bersih Assembly case is still being investigated by the authorities,” BN secretary-general Tengku Datuk Seri Adnan Tengku Mansor said.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — The Barisan Nasional (BN) today played down an Umno lawmaker’s call for Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to be hanged for treason …

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Sri Gading MP Datuk Mohamad Aziz , Tabung Haji director, calls for Amigia’s hanging!

Malaysian Insider

Hang Ambiga, says Umno MP

 
By Shannon Teoh
June 26, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — An Umno lawmaker called tonight for Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to be hanged for the “treasonous” act of organising the April 28 Bersih rally for free and fair elections, which the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) has claimed was an attempt to topple the Najib administration.

Sri Gading MP Datuk Mohamad Aziz compared the Bersih chief to leaders of the Al-Ma’unah militants who tried to overthrow the government in 2000 and were eventually sentenced to death by hanging for “waging war against the King,” the first people to be convicted of the offence.

“Shouldn’t we also hang Ambiga (picture) for treason towards the Agong? Traitors should be punished as harshly as possible,” the four-term federal lawmaker told Parliament when debating the supplementary supply bill.

The Tabung Haji director, who has previously accused opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of planning bloodshed and death at the rally, added that he was “willing to spill my blood for this country” to roars of approval from his fellow backbenchers.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — An Umno lawmaker called tonight for Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to be hanged for the “treasonous” act of organising the April 28 Bersih …

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Free Malaysia Today

The ‘Umno spring’ and Ambiga

RK Anand | June 21, 2012

Wave after wave of attacks have been launched against the Bersih chairperson but she appears to grow stronger and stronger.

COMMENT

“It is a fallacy that prolonged war will weaken an occupied enemy. It most likely will make your enemy stronger. They get used to the deprivation and they adapt and respond accordingly.

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Similarly, the unrelenting offensive against Bersih chairperson S Ambiga has strengthened the woman and her struggle, at the same time nudging Barisan Nasional’s tattered image along a more precipitous path.

It has almost been two months since the rally took place and the government should have tasked its best brains to formulate strategies to divert the attention of Malaysians and ensure that April 28 becomes another victim of political amnesia.

But the powers-that-be appear hell-bent on transforming Ambiga and Bersih into national icons, much to the delight of the opposition whose greatest recipe for success is to thrive on BN’s follies and suicidal tendencies.

The ‘Umno spring’ and Ambiga | Free Malaysia Today
www.freemalaysiatoday.com/…/21/theumnospringandambiga

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A MIC leader’s suggestion to pressure the government to drop its legal actions against the Bersih leader is welcomed by NGO WargaAman and PKR vice-president N Surendran.

Free Malaysia Today

‘Mail’ protest to defend Ambiga, Bersih

RK Anand | June 20, 2012

A MIC leader’s suggestion to pressure the government to drop its legal actions against the Bersih leader is welcomed by NGO WargaAman and PKR vice-president N Surendran.

PETALING JAYA: Disappointed with the continued harassment of Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga, a MIC leader has called on Malaysians to send a message to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

S Vell Paari suggested a mail protest, be it through telegrams, postcards or letters, to get the point across and this was backed by NGO WargaAman and PKR vice-president N Surendran.

The MIC central working committee member said the issue had transcended political and racial boundaries.

According to Vell Paari, Ambiga and Bersih were fighting for free and fair elections and he found it difficult to digest the accusation that it was an attempt to topple the government.

“I know the critics will ask ‘why must MIC get involved in this?’ But I am making this call not as a member of MIC but on a personal note because I believe what they are doing is wrong.

“Demanding Ambiga to pay for the damages and to compensate for ‘overtime’ as well as for the food and drinks given to DBKL staff is downright ridiculous,” he told FMT.

Send telegram to defend Ambiga, Bersih … and discontent over the persecution of Ambiga and Bersih. “The telegram protest is a …

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Malaysian Insider

Light, heartwarming moments in Ambiga’s chat with public

By Ida Lim
June 14, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan had some light and heart-warming moments with the public during an online chat hosted by Yahoo! Malaysia this afternoon.

Ambiga responded to comments ranging from her belief in God to her prediction on the Euro 2012 football champion, besides answering questions on the Bersih movement pushing for a cleaner election process. Other questions included how to obtain Bersih t-shirts and what she considered a dream holiday.

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“Are you willing to be jailed for your cause?” Yahoo! Malaysia asked.

“Yes,” Ambiga replied.

Malaysian Insider

Ambiga says willing to be jailed for clean polls

UPDATED @ 05:46:30 PM 14-06-2012
By Ida Lim
June 14, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today she is willing to be jailed if Putrajaya will commit to cleaning up the election process before the country’s key polls next year.

The award-winning lawyer who has been at the forefront in pushing for meaningful electoral reforms for the past two years was responding to questions from the public in an online chat hosted by Yahoo! Malaysia this afternoon.

“Are you willing to be jailed for your cause?” Yahoo! Malaysia asked.

“Yes,” Ambiga replied.

The 55-year-old has also been the target of hate groups in the last two years, with some right-wing partisan NGOs asking that the government strip her of her citizenship and some BN ministers accusing her of trying to topple the ruling government from power in the latest street rally last month.

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AMBIGA AND 5 OTHERS CHALLENGE THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY ACT

Malay Mail

Peaceful Assembly Act challenged

Ambiga and five Bersih committee members say law inconsistent with provisions under Federal Constitution
Thursday, June 14, 2012 – 15:34
Location:
KUALA LUMPUR


1PREPARED FOR TRIAL: Ambiga and Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah (right) are among the six members of the coalition contesting the constitutionality of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. On the left is Bersih steering committee member Dr Subramaniam Pillay — Pic: Ashraf Shamsul Azlan

LESS than three months after being enforced, the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 is being challenged on grounds that it contravenes the Federal Constitution.

Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga and five other committee members have filed counter-claims to the federal government’s suit against 10 Bersih steering committee members for damages worth RM122,000 incurred during the Bersih 3.0 rally at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday.

The five are Maria Chin Abdullah, Zaid Kamarudin, K. Arumugam, S. Arul Prakkash and Andrew Khoo.

Ambiga said members of the NGO calling for clean and fair elections are contesting that certain sections of the Act are unconstitutional.

“Legally, it is a very interesting case because it is the first time the Act has been used and is being challenged,” she said.

“We are prepared for trial. We are confident with our defence and counter claim.”

Peaceful Assembly Act challenged

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S AMBIGA WILL BE ‘LIVE’ ON Yahoo!  on Thursday, 14 June 2012 at 3pm!!!

Have you got questions for S Ambiga?

1 Type out your question and submit it  during the chat at http://my.news.yahoo.com;
or
2 Send it to Yahoo! Malaysia’s Facebook page before 3pm tomorrow.

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Ambiga live on Yahoo!

By Ida Lim
June 13, 2012

Ambiga said she is taking part in the online chat to allow the public direct any questions that they may have to her. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — Prominent lawyer-activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan will be taking questions from the public in an online chat hosted by Yahoo! Malaysia at 3pm tomorrow.

The award-winning former president of the Malaysian Bar is leading an 84-member civil society movement called Bersih, which has been lobbying Putrajaya for cleaner and fairer elections for the past two years ahead of key national polls that could see a change of government from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to the fledgling Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“I’m taking part in this event so that the public can have direct access to me with their questions,” Ambiga told the search engine.

“I hope to be able to reach out to as many people as possible and, in particular, to respond as best I can to issues that are troubling them,” Yahoo! Malaysia quoted her as saying.

Those with questions for Ambiga may submit them by typing them out during the chat at http://my.news.yahoo.com, or by sending them to Yahoo! Malaysia’s Facebook page before 3pm tomorrow.

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For more details, go to any of the links below

  1. Read ‘Ambiga live on Yahoo!’ on Yahoo! News Malaysia. KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — Prominent lawyer-activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan will be taking questions from the …

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  3. Read ‘Follow the French Open live on your smartphone and tablet’ on Yahoo! … market, crime scene and conflict zone with pro- and anti-Ambiga

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Malay Mail

Unfinished business of Bersih 3.0

BERSIH co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga tells Terence Fernandez and Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani about the worrying trend of political intimidation and rule of law in this conclusion of a two-part interview. Part One appeared last Friday ) http://www.mmail.com. my/story/picking-right-choose
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The Malay Mail: How much is the attack against you been based on racism and prejudice?

Datuk S. Ambiga: It is racist, sexist, you name it! It fits every bill.

TMM: Does it reflect how Malaysian politics have come down to?

Ambiga: This is part of the larger issue of political violence that really has to be addressed. But what they were trying to do was punish me.

What is horrendous is that they can say and do anything. They can insult my religion, my ethnicity, they can say and do anything and get away with it.

And they only do it because they know they can get away with it. They can do it at my door-step and that to me is horrendous. Whoever says that this is a peaceful assembly is completely wrong. Peaceful assemblies are held at public places. This is not a public place so the deputy inspectorgeneral of Police set a very bad example by saying there is no offence. I can name many offences, starting with criminal intimidation.

I was under siege in my own home! I was shocked to see Mat Rempit. Do they think this is acceptable to do to a person in their own home?

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 – 11:48:21

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Malay Mail

Picking on the right to choose

Bersih 3.0 co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan tells Terence Fernandez and Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani that the people were punished on April 28 for voicing a simple request for a clean electoral process.
Friday, June 08, 2012 – 16:55
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THE MALAY MAIL: It’s a dirty job but why do you do it? And when was your foray into activism?

DATUK S. AMBIGA: When I became the president of the Bar Council, that is not so much activism but advocacy for causes. So, it seems a short step before that, to do what I am doing now. But I never for one minute imagined that electoral reform would be such a hot issue. To me, it was a no brainer. Free and fair elections can’t possibly get anyone excited. But I could not have been more wrong!

When I took it on, civil society came to see me. I wasn’t involved in Bersih 1.0. I didn’t even attend Bersih 1.0. It took place in September 2007, then you had the elections.

Bersih 1.0 was driven very much by political parties and NGOs. So, obviously a lot of people won elections and became MPs, like those who drove Bersih 1.0. Then, things went quiet for Bersih for awhile.

I was approached end of 2009 after I finished my term at the Bar Council. I said “yes”, provided that it is purely a civil society movement.

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Friday, Jun 8, 2012 – 16:55:30
THE MALAY MAIL: It’s a dirty job but why do you do it? And when was your foray into activism?DATUK S. AMBIGA: When I became the president of the Bar Council, that is not so much activism but advocacy for causes. So, it …

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AMBIGA ACTS!

Malaysian Insider

Ambiga countersues Putrajaya over Bersih rally

By Debra Chong
Assistant News Editor
June 08, 2012

Ambiga (right) is disputing Putrajaya’s capacity to sue under the Peaceful Assembly Act. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — Bersih chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan is seeking damages from Putrajaya for allegedly violating her constitutional rights over the April 28 electoral reform rally, in a countersuit filed at the High Court this morning.

The prominent lawyer-activist accused the Najib administration of abusing its power in ordering the police and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to block the sit-down rally from taking place in the national capital, which she said would have been as peaceful as those held elsewhere in the country.

Last month, Putrajaya took the unprecedented step of suing Ambiga and nine other Bersih steering committee members, as the rally organisers, for damages worth RM122,000.

“The plaintiff, whether acting through its agencies (including the police, DBKL and mass media) or otherwise, wilfully and deliberately took all measures to prevent or thwart the holding of the assembly by Bersih at Dataran Merdeka on 28th April,” Ambiga said in her statement of defence and counterclaim, which was made available to The Malaysian Insider.

She added: “It follows that the sole cause for the way in which the assembly in Kuala Lumpur on 28th April unfolded was due to the conduct of the police, for which the plaintiff, as employer, is liable in law.”

Ambiga countersues Putrajaya over Bersih rally
www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ambiga… – Cached

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