Bersih won’t hesitate to sue DBKL, police

The coalition for free and fair elections urged the authorities to take stern action against the protesters outside the home of its co-chairperson, S Ambiga.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Bersih 2.0 will not hesitate to take legal action against both Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the police should any untoward incident occur during the protests in front of the home of Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga.

Bersih today sent two separate letters to the Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar and City Mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail voicing its concerns over the inaction of the authorities in dealing with these protesters who have been harassing Ambiga for the last two weeks.

“We are fully aware that [you] do not support the activities of Bersih 2.0 and was against Bersih 3.0 gathering…

“However, opposition to these activities cannot lead [you] to silently acknowledge and endorse the harassment and criminal intimidation being perpetrated here,” the letter to Omar stated.

Both letters were signed by its co-chairperson, A Samad Said.

The letter to Omar added that Ambiga, like any other citizens, expects the police to ensure her safety.

Bersih said that it was deeply concerned over the failure of the police to take any “remedial or preventive” action as this may be deemed as endorsing such activities.

The series of protests outside Ambiga’s residence do not show any signs of ceasing. Yesterday, Kuala Lumpur Petty Traders Action Council said that it was going go ahead with its “pasar malam” protest despite not getting permits from DBKL.

Ahmad Fuad said that if he were to give the green light to these 60 petty traders, there will no end to the protest.

He said that although it was all right to protest peacefully outside Ambiga’s residence, he had to draw the line when it came to erecting stalls as it went against local by-laws.

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Earlier, the petty traders had written the words “Bersih 4″ in yellow paint on the road opposite her house in an symbolic attempted to sell that space as a “lot” for their night market.

On May 10, a group of burger sellers staged a protest in front of Ambiga’s house by distributing 200 burgers. Malaysia Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Alliance (Ikhlas), the NGO which organised the protest, said that it was doing so because burger stall owners had suffered losses amounting to RM200,000 as a result of the rally..

Five days later, a group of 15 army veterans carried out butt flexing exercises facing her house.