Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ambiga: How can they treat Pak Samad like this?

Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga struggled to contain her frustration when commenting on the detention of national laureate A Samad Said in the wee hours of the morning.

"How can they do this to such a respected person?" she thundered. "What is the need to go to his house at 12.30am just to pick him up for questioning and release him two hours later?"

NONE"It was a total form of harassment, and completely unnecessary... and the police know it... there was no need to harass this man over such a simple matter," she toldMalaysiakini.

The former Bar Council president also called on Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to apologise over his earlier claim that the 81-year-old poet had gone into hiding.

Samad, who is also a co-chairperson of Bersih and vocal critic of the government, had dismissed the police chief's accusation, stating he was at his house the entire time but no policemen had showed up.

Meanwhile, Ambiga  lamented that the latest developments revealed that Malaysia had now sunk to a new depth following the last national polls.

"Since the 13th general election, there has been nothing to give us cheer. Malaysians are getting more alarmed by the callousness and high-handedness of those in power.

"It appears that those in power do not care about public opinion, thinking that since they have won the election, there was no need to pay heed to such things," she said.

However, Ambiga pointed out that the authorities had committed a grave error in ill-treating Samad, who is fondly known as Pak Samad.

"They have missed an important fact... how dear he is to the Malaysian public," she said.

'He will not bow to their nonsense'

Praising the national laureate, Ambiga noted that Samad was not someone who could be seduced with riches and power.

NONE"He does not care for big houses or luxury cars unlike some of those in power. He is a great intellectual... if you only know how much he reads.. and such a humble man.

"Why are they (those in power afraid of him)? Because he would not bow to their nonsense or influence," she stressed.

Responding to a question, Ambiga also exclaimed disappointment over the calls by certain quarters to strip Samad of his national laureate title.

"I am alarmed at how low some people are prepared to stoop. 

"When in the name of artistic freedom, these people can praise the movie Tanda Putera but on the other hand, ill treat a man who should be the pride of the nation," she said.

Ambiga also said she was waiting to see the charge which would be brought against Samad as well as activists Hishamudin Rais and Adam Adli, who were arrested under the Sedition Act earlier.

All three were detained in connection with the flying of the "Sang Saka Malaya" flag during a Merdeka commemoration event last week.

~ Malaysiakini

1 comment:

Winston said...

This is a complete affront to all decency!!
They are just showing that they can do exactly what they want!
And in a very in-your-face way.
These SOBs are way past their use-by date!!!!