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‘We’ll defend her at any cost’

 | 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.

“Certain segments on the Malaysian community has no fear for the law because the police have failed to do their job… or rather do their job very well when the complainant or victim is from Barisan Nasional,” he said.

“The public has lost confidence and trust in the police force,” he added.

He also said that WargaAMAN planned to stage a protest outside the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters between 12.30pm and 1pm on Wednesday.

“We invite the public to join us to show their dissatisfaction towards the police,” he added.

‘She is a valuable treasure’

Meanwhile, Rameswaran said Gemilang was prepared to mobilise its members to provide round-the clock security for Ambiga.

“This woman is a valuable treasure to both Malaysia and Malaysians, and we will not stand by and watch her get hurt for fighting for our rights.

“If anything happens to her, then all hell will break loose,” he warned.

In a related development, the Malaysian Indian Business Association (Miba) also expressed concern over the latest development.

“Where is Malaysia heading? Ambiga stuck her neck out for all Malaysians and this is how we treat her with threats and humiliation?” said its president P Sivakumar.

He said the government must understand that the more threats Ambiga received, the more votes the ruling coalition might stand to lose in the next polls.

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


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