‘Ambiga arrested, to be detained overnight‘ (Malaysiakini, 1 May 2015)
Below is the photo of human rights advocate Ambiga Sreenevasan taken a little earlier outside the Dang Wang police station while waiting to be called by the Investigating Officer (IO). She is flanked by Liberty Lawyers Eric Paulsen and Latheefa Koya.
Ambiga is wearing a ‘Negara-ku’ T-shirt with the slogan “Kembalikan negaraku”. She is the patron of Negara-ku, a movement that claims to be defending the federal constitution.
(Above is Ambiga wearing the same “Kembalikan negaraku” T-shirt, only in a different colour.)
Ambiga mahu Malaysia “dikembalikan” kepada konsep dia
What does she mean by “Kembalikan negaraku”? What will be the shape of Malaysia that must be returned in order to please her?
In Ambiga country, hudud is an offence against the Malaysian constitution. “The constitution is secular,” she insisted.
She also asked, “How does hudud accord with the Global Movement of Moderates?” See video recording where she was speaker at a forum titled ‘Hudud – A Nation at Crossroads’ on 17 May 2014.
Di negara Ambiga, hudud adalah haram
Ambiga considers hudud to be an “extreme form of punishment”. In fact, the most extreme.
She questioned whether hudud would change the basic structure of the constitution or in legal jargon, whether the hudud bill “offends” the constitution. Anything that offends the constitution is ultra vires.
Addressing the forum audience at Wisma MCA – this is last year – Ambiga reminded them, “And better not say because you’re non-Muslims you can’t speak”.
“Isma has already come up with a statement to say they want hudud to apply to everybody else. The minute they did that, it’s open for all of us to speak,” said Ambiga (see video above @ 1:19:00).
All the things that Ambiga said at the forum were not much different from what Eric Paulsen tweeted a couple of months ago. But while Eric was remanded and investigated by the police for his tweets on hudud – this is the second time following an earlier remand over his controversial Jakim tweet – Ambiga had escaped police scrutiny.
Gerakan “Kembalikan Negara-ku”
“Why are we allowing people like Isma to come out … to divide the nation, to attack the Chinese?” asked Ambiga (see video above @ 1:26:00).
“And by the way, when they [Isma] attack a whole community, they disrespect the federal constitution. Why? Because you’re citizens. They have no right to attack communities who are citizens, asking ‘Where did you come from? You don’t deserve to be here’. They have no right to do that.”
For the record, Isma president Abdullah Zaik is facing a sedition charge for his characterization of the Chinese as intrusive pendatang.
The Brahmin who is untouchable
Just like there’s little possibility of Eric Paulsen dialing back his strident views on Islam, including hudud and sex on camels, likewise Ambiga will not be cutting back on her public appearances to speak on the same topic (hudud, not sex on camels).
PSM sec-gen Arutchelvan was investigated under sedition last February for his remarks on Anwar’s Sodomy II verdict but Ambiga was not questioned by police despite saying almost the same things as Arul did about the court judgment.
We know that Eric Paulsen and Ambiga think along the same lines with regard to hudud and the only difference being that Eric goes in and out the police station like passing through a revolving door whereas Ambiga has not been called up… that is until her history-making arrest last night.
Ambiga is being detained overnight for questioning over the short speech (“few words”) she gave at the anti-GST rally yesterday.
Nonetheless, Ambiga’s arrest for participating in the rally is only a minor matter compared to the remand of Eric and Arul and the sedition charge against Isma’s Abdullah Zaik. But at least it does not now seem that she is so impervious to police action.
There’s no reason to treat Ambiga any different from a loud Pakatan politician.
Ambiga Sreenevasan said:
[Abdullah Zaik] believes in fighting for one race and one religion against enemies who are not there. I believe in fighting for all Malaysians who are marginalised and downtrodden.“
“[Abdullah Zaik] reads our federal constitution and sees how we can be divided. I read our federal constitution and see our shared values and how we are united.”
“He thinks it is fine to call fellow citizens ‘trespassers’ and other such ‘choice’ words, I call them my brothers and sisters.”
Ambiga described her vision in comparison to Abdullah Zaik’s:
“I believe in celebrating our rich and diverse history and being proud of it. I value every bit of the blood, sweat and tears of all those who have made this nation great.
“His vision is to see one community as being above all others; my vision is to see all communities work together to continue to build Malaysia.”
Ambiga said of herself in contrast to Abdullah Zaik:
“He sees the worst in some of his fellow human beings, I see the best in all because we are all creations of the Almighty.”
Ambiga explained why she shies away from walking with Abdullah Zaik:
“I will not walk with him because his path will never meet my path. He and I do not share the same vision or destination.
“He speaks of racial and religious superiority, I believe in a multiracial community and multi-religious harmony.”
Ambiga concluded her grandstanding against Abdullah Zaik by issuing (such a navel-gazing Firster) invitation:
“Should he ever choose to work with us, laugh with us, cry with us and to help all, he is welcome to walk with me and the millions of Malaysians who want to see peace, harmony and happiness reign in this beloved nation of ours.”
Actually folks, if you must know, Abdullah Zaik really thinks that Ambiga is a “talam dua muka”.
And you know what, he is 101 percent right.