Bersih leader: IGP regards “citizens as mosquitoes to be squashed”
Former Bersih chairman S. Ambiga says the Bersih 4.0 T-shirts are flying off the shelves – thousands a day are sold.
She’s actually saying that since so many Malaysians have bought the T-shirt, we can expect commensurately big numbers at the rally next week (another nine days to go).
Adam: Everything will be OK if police don’t use water cannons and teargas
Adam Adli (below) is a professional protester whose second home is the police station.
Aside from his serial attendance at demos and street rallies, one is not quite sure what else the young man actually does with the rest of his time.
Adam, speaking on behalf of NGO Demi Malaysia that is mobilizing youths for Bersih 4.0, reveals that 1,000 supporters have volunteered to provide security for the participants.
In his interview today with Zakiah Koya of news portal The Heat, Adam said, “If the Inspector-General of Police has good intentions not to harm the people, for example, by not using water cannons and teargas canisters, then everything will be okay”.
(Note: If the police do fire teargas, the DAP evangelista politicians already have got their safe haven in high up hotel rooms from where they can watch the mayhem happening below on ground level – see Hannah Yeoh’s tweet below.)
Zakiah also quoted Adam as saying that his NGO has been providing short lectures on proper etiquette for peaceful protests.
Evangelista activist writes again
Writing a column in the TMI today, Bersih steering committee member Rama Ramanathan (seated, far left) said Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed and IGP Khalid Abu Bakar are showing “their contempt for democracy” by trying to deter Bersih 4.0.
Rama, who is an evangelical Christian, accuses both men of intolerance to protest by responsible citizens as a legitimate and democratic method “to speak en masse” and “hold their leaders accountable for their conduct in office”.
Rama said, “Ministers and public servants like Nur Jazlan and Khalid show they think of citizens as mosquitoes to be squashed”.
Rama said the Bersih 4.0 rally is “the people’s verdict on the mismanagement of publicly funded enterprises” such as PKFZ and 1MDB as well as the RM2.6 billion ‘donated’ to Najib Razak.
He said the protest was for the rakyat to “proclaim the prime minister has betrayed the trust of the nation”.
In other words, Rama is reaffirming the purpose of Bersih 4.0 as essentially an anti-Najib exercise to pressure the president of the “racist” party to resign as prime minister.
This type of antagonistic and adversarial mindset is being promoted by the pro-Christian publications like TMI which gives evangelistas such as Rama Ramanathan a high profile platform in its columns.