Today's headline on the NST reads "Govt sues Bersih".
Datuk S Ambiga and nine others were slapped with a suit by our government for damage to public property during the April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally.
"The government, in an unprecedented move, is seeking a declaration that the defendants were in violation of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. It is also seeking RM122,000 in damages for losses suffered during the rally"
Because the rally participants became unruly when they broke through the barricade surrounding Dataran Merdeka and caused damage to public property, and the defendants (Ambiga and her committee members) had a responsibility to ensure participants (yes all thousands of them) did not cause damage to public property.
(Un?)Fortunately, I am never around or available when the Bersih rally takes places -- but I know some dear friends and family went - some participated -- excitedly donning yellow attire and equipping themselves with salt, water, sunblock, a towel and a book ("for the in-between waits") - while some just came to observe, even booking a suite smack in town in order to "get the best view". All shared their version of the rally (and I'm going to believe them because they're trustworthy -- can't believe anything I read anymore to be quite honest, it's always somebody else's 'truth' -- be it on the internet news portal or our own dailies/news report) -- and from what we gather -- I think it's unfair for A and her squad to be blamed completely.
Friend A "Tetiba jer kita kena tembak. Everything was calm and peaceful. Then suddenly they charged at us. Pedih. Nasib baik I ada bawa garam dengan air...so I makan sikit garam and siram air atas muka. Orang of courselah terkejut...all trying to run away...some got trampled on. Sampai berdarah-darah. Kesian juga."
Friend B "A car came zooming in REALLY fast, literally knocking some people off the ground. So naturally when the car behind it came zooming in -- people reacted. Mestilah marah -- that's when they started throwing their mineral bottles etc. They reacted to the scenario. I don't think they purposely wanted to throw stuff at the car. They were just shocked-turned-mad. They reacted"
Always two sides of the coins folks. ALWAYS.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading Marina Mahathir's views on the Bersih 3.0 rally. Here it is if you missed it:
And this is an interview with Datuk Ambiga conducted by Patrick Teoh on Media Rakyat.
I am FOR a fair and clean election. But I didn't like how some used this as a political stunt. BOTH sides.
I can't wait for the GE.