Friday, October 21, 2016

Discuss aversion to clean elections instead of crying war, Jamal told

Anne Muhammad     Published     Updated

Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos should hold a dialogue with Bersih to explain his aversion to the call for electoral reform instead of declaring war, said a Bersih leader.

"Why the need to talk of war when you (Jamal) can talk of ideas?

"I feel it is better he tells us why he doesn't like a clean government, why he doesn't like fair elections," said Bersih exco member Rama Ramanathan.

"Why doesn't he like the right to have a difference of opinion and to speak freely?" he said at a press conference at Vistana Hotel today after a solidarity event for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights Laureates awarded to Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.

"The statement that Jamal made is like a kindergarten or primary school kid.

"There is no need to make statements like that, let's be more like adults.

"If you don't agree with us, then you should hold a dialogue, not incite people to violence," he said.
Yesterday, Jamal (photo) upon release from his remand after incidents of violence seen in clashes between the red-shirts and the Bersih convoys over the past weeks, declared an "all out war" against the coalition for free and fair elections.

Umno leaders also urged the police to arrest Bersih leaders just as they have Jamal.

'What's Bersih's crime?'
Rama meanwhile said Bersih welcomed the Gwangju prize as recognition of the group's efforts to encourage the people to stand up against oppression, corruption and to voice their opinion to the government as part of the democratic process.
"We are not afraid of the police or the law, because we have acted within our rights outlined by the federal constitution and we are merely exercising our rights."

"Therefore, if we are to be arrested, I would like to ask why.

"Is it wrong for us to stand up for the federal constitution? I don't understand.

"What will they charge us with, what wrong have we done, we have not incited anyone to perpetrate violence."

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