‘Threat against Bersih is threat against King and country’


GEORGE TOWN: Those who threaten the Bersih rally and its partners are in contempt of King and country, a Penang PKR lawmaker declared today, in view of recent Daesh-inspired threats against those who rallied for clean elections.

Kebun Bunga Assemblyman Cheah Kah Peng said since clean and fair elections were enshrined in the Federal Constitution, those who were against the cause had effectively committed lese majeste and ought to be punished severely.

“Any challenge towards a cleaner election system is a challenge to our Federal Constitution and our Raja-Raja (Kings), because we are in a federal constitutional monarchy.

“The case against Bersih is a threat on the rakyat. If they challenge us, they are challenging the King,” the Chevening scholar and Oxford trained lawyer said today.

Earlier, Cheah and Bersih supporters gathered at the Patani Road police station to show moral support as two police reports were lodged over the recent death threats against Bersih chair Maria Chin Abdullah, her family and colleagues.

Meanwhile, Aliran President Dr Francis Loh called on Prime Minister Najib Razak to step up and issue a stern statement condemning the death threats against Bersih.

“We plead to the prime minister to issue a statement on this and he must show his leadership and example in these crucial times.

“We are also confident that the police and the tech regulators would have the means to detect the culprits and bring them to book immediately,” Loh said.

Bersih 2.0 steering committee northern peninsula vice-chair Dr Toh Kin Woon and Hindraf Peoples’ Movement Leadership Senate Member N Ganesan lodged the reports this evening.

In his report, Toh claimed that he had received a death threat on Chin, her two children, Human Rights Society President Ambiga Sreenevasan and Bersih 2.0 Secretariat Manager Mandeep Singh.

Toh said he had received the message via WhatsApp from an anonymous phone number, which claimed that if the Bersih 5 rally is carried out, they (Chin and others) will be beheaded.

The threat appears to be the same Daesh-inspired image, which depicted a man dressed in black holding a dagger on the Bersih leaders’ necks.

Prior to this, Mohd Ali Baharom, better known as Ali Tinju, had warned Chin to “watch her back” or she may no longer “walk on this earth”, after the announcement of the Bersih 5 rally.

Despite the threats, Chin had vowed to soldier on, calling Malaysians to not be afraid and to fight for a right cause. She, too, had lodged a police report over the threats at the Petaling Jaya police station.

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