Did Ambiga lie to Malaysians or Tuanku?

Four days after a few of holding the breath, the nation had a relieve. After an audience with His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong, BERSIH 2.0 Chairman Dato’ Ambiga Sreenivasan announced that the street demonstration is off.

Published: Tuesday July 5, 2011 MYT 3:53:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 5, 2011 MYT 4:59:09 PM

Bersih’s Ambiga: No street march, rally will be held in stadium


Ambiga answering questions from the press outside Istana Negara

KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan emerged after an audience with the King Tuesday and said the planned rally on Saturday would be held in a stadium.

There would be no street march, she told reporters.

She said Bersih would hold discussions with the Government about the venue.

On her audience with the King, she said: “We had a most wonderful meeting and are most grateful to the King.”

She was accompanied by Bersih steering committee member Zaid Kamaruddin and national laureate Datuk A Samad Said.

The leaders had made a request Monday for an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin after he made a statement Sunday advising restraint and compromise as street demonstrations would do more harm than good.


So, its the stadium and not the streets of Kuala Lumpur. No extra-ordinary hardship of the usual Kuala Lumpur Saturday crowd. No mess. No trouble. The Police too is more than happy since lesser resources required for traffic and crowd control.

In short, 0rdinary rakyat especially Klang Valley dwellers expressed their sheer happiness.

Public express delight over cancelled street rally

2011-07-06 12:47

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) — The decision to cancel the planned street demonstration on July 9, and hold a gathering at a stadium instead, was well received by the public.

The decision to cancel the street demonstration was announced by Datuk S. Ambiga after an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Negara here today.

Mohd Hairul Izwan Sidek, 30, an employee from the private sector said he fully supported the decision to cancel the street rally.

“I fully support the rally to be held in a stadium because it will be safer, just like watching a football match or a concert but in a controlled environment and will not cause any disruption to the public,” he told Bernama here today.

For Nura Isa, 41, a public servant, the latest development showed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has a high level of tolerance towards the people.

“The people have a right to voice their grievances but it must be done according to the guidelines. We cannot just follow our instincts,” said Nura.

Meanwhile, a private principal consultant from Sarawak, Alex Edry, who is aiming for his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) expressed appreciation to the government for taking the necessary steps to solve the illegal rally issue.


The past few days, there were much ding-dong and drama by Ambiga, her BERSIH 2.0 organising comrades and the true partners-in-crime, Opposition leaders. They were very adamant wanting to hold the planned event to demand for ‘fair and free’ elections at the Merdeka Stadium.

Federal Government disallowed the notion. The PKR-Opposition controlled Selangor State Government offered Shah Alam Stadium instead. Police said they will issue a quickly-processed permit if it is held at a stadium. BERSIH 2.0 vehemently rejected MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s offer and insistant on the historical Merdeka Stadium. Naturally, no permit for any stadium was applied to the Police.

The stand-off between BERSIH 2.0 and the Police is back in play. The nation stood breathless again. Especially after weapons were found stashed. Kuala Lumpur traffic on Thursday and Friday was amazingly light. On Thursday 7 July 2011, the Police issued a list of 91 persons who had injuction against them for not coming into specific areas within the city limits on Saturday 9 July 2011. On midnight Friday 8 July 2011, the Police cordoned of strategic entry points into the city area.

BERSIH 2.0 9 July 2011

Dreadfully, the Opposition leaders and their supporters crawl from all nooks and corners since this morning to stage the illegal street demonstration which they called BERSIH 2.0. This is despite the Police stern warnings and actions. And their chant was not “BERSIH”. It was “Reformasi”.

The ghost of past mobstreet demonstration turned ugly post the sacking of Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim from Federal Government on 2 September 1998 is haunting back Kuala Lumpur. Like before, the Police asked them to disperse and go home, which was met with defiance. Of course, history had shown that defiance always ended with the Police clamping in on them and arrests were made.

Mat King Leather preparing himself for another courtroom drama when Sodomy II trial resumes this week. Watch out for a neck brace and wheel chair

BERSIH 2.0 was never about the eight demands. BERSIH 2.0 was never about ‘assembling of rakyat and handing over the memorandum to His Majesty’. Hell, Ambiga did not hand over the memorandum when she presented herself to His Majesty on Wednesday afternoon. BERSIH 2.0 has been proven is about Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim badly needing another drama to stay relevant in main stream politics, just like how his politics has been since almost thirteen years ago.

The “Thirteen Million Ringgit Plus Question” is: Did Ambiga lie to Malaysians or His Majesty Tuanku with all these ‘BERSIH 2.0’ charades all along, even during and after the audience at Istana Negara?

A Bar Council sanctioned banner, on the Bar Council building front wall

Then again, ‘lying’ and ‘manipulating’ is not something new in Ambiga’s dictionary. She was the immediate past President of the Malaysian Bar Council. It was during her time, Bar Council supported this preposterous notion that ‘1,620 souls perished within four years under Police detention’. Did Bar Council ever substantiated these claims?

We agree with SatD that Tuanku (via Istana Negara) should not accept BERSIH 2.0 Memorandum. They have demonstrated their utmost BIADAPNESS to His Majesty personally, the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong institution and Federal Constitution.

*Updated Sunday 10 July 2011 930am

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