Malaysia

Ibrahim Ali wants Ambiga’s citizenship revoked

By Clara Chooi
July 11, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — Datuk Ibrahim Ali wants Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenavasan’s citizenship revoked, saying she had committed treason against royal institutions when she went ahead with Saturday’s rally.

According to Utusan Malaysia today, the Perkasa president said yesterday that Ambiga had chosen to defy the advice of both the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah in proceeding with the rally.

“Ambiga was already granted the opportunity to meet with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong but in the end, chose to defy his majesty.

“If this was Thailand, people like her would have been banished and stripped of their citizenships,” the daily quoted Ibrahim as saying in a press conference.

The Malay rights leader, who had chosen to stay home on the day of the rally, also claimed of reports that Bersih 2.0’s participants had been paid to attend the mass event.

“Many participants who participated in this illegal rally were not even from Kuala Lumpur. They came from outside and were paid to join an illegal gathering.

“If they were not paid, no one would have joined,” Ibrahim (picture) was quoted as saying.

Ibrahim also purportedly defended his decision to cancel his original plan to hold an anti-Bersih gathering, claiming that he had done so out of respect of the King and the Selangor Sultan.

Sultan Sharafuddin, he said, had delivered his speech to Perkasa before Friday prayers.

“We felt it would have been wrong to proceed with it. Also, one of Perkasa’s struggles is to strengthen the Royal Institution,” he said.

Ibrahim had initially planned to mount a gathering of at least 15,000 people from his Malay rights group to march against Bersih 2.0 but changed his mind on Friday.

He had told reporters that day that he would stay home and respect a court order barring him and 90 others from entering the city while his men were free to stroll around Titiwangsa if they wanted to.