Call to revoke Ambiga’s citizenship is unfair says business group
S Ambiga should not be held responsible for the violence which erupted during last Saturday’s rally, said a business group.
Malaysian Indian Business Association (Miba) president P Sivakumar said as the organiser of the event, Bersih and Ambiga, as its co-chairman had done their part.
“The organiser cannot be responsible for what happened. It was a public event where tens of thousands gathered on the streets and you cannot control everyone,” he told FMT.
He also said that certain quarter could have pre-planned the incident to seek political mileage, and therefore it was not fair to blame Ambiga.
Minutes after Ambiga asked the protesters to disperse, pandemonium erupted when the crowd broke through the barricades at Dataran Merdeka, and the police retaliated by firing tear gas and water cannons.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali were accused of instigating the protesters, but the pair had denied this.
Ibrahim Ali under fire
In a related development, a non-governmental organisation took Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali to task for calling on the King to revoke Ambiga’s citizenship.
Persatuan Kebajikan, Sosial Gemilang Puchong president V Rameshwaran said the Pasir Mas MP should quit politics, as he was a liability to the government and the country.
He added that the Perkasa chief had no right to call for the revocation of Ambiga’s citizenship.
“He is a pre-historic politician who applies third-class politics to remain relevant. Every Malaysian has the right to protest against the government and Ibrahim Ali should realise this,” he added.
Rameshwaran also reminded Ibrahim to be mindful of his words when speaking in public and not insult others with derogatory names.
“As a senior politician, he should follow decorum. If he can call Ambiga ‘ibu anjing’ then we have the right to call him ‘bapa katak’ since he hops from one party to another.
“This man is a spent force and it is time he throws in the towel,” he said.