Masyarakat madani mengutuk ugutan maut terhadap pemimpin Bersih 2.0

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Kami, pertubuhan-pertubuhan masyarakat madani yang berikut, berasa amat marah dan mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya ugutan maut terhadap pengerusi Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin dan tiga orang anaknya, bekas pengerusi Bersih 2.0 dan presiden Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia, Ambiga Sreenevasan, dan perkeja Bersih 2.0 Mandeep Singh.

Berikutan ugutan ini pada 18 Oktober, kereta kepunyaan salah seorang anak lelaki Maria telah disimbah dengan cat merah dan darah ayam pada 20 Oktober.

Ugutan maut yang menjijikkan ini telah diterima oleh Maria Chin melalui mesej Whatsapp di mana wajah orang-orang yang dinamakan di atas telah menganti muka-muka banduan yang dikawal oleh seorang yang berupa terroris memegang pisau berhampiran kepala mereka.

Sejak penganjur melancarkan konvoi nasional untuk memobililasi sokongan terhadap perhimpunan Bersih 5 pada 19 November, ugutan dan serangan semakin memuncak. Ini berlaku setelah siri serangan oleh samseng baju merah, diketuai oleh ketua cawangan Umno Sungai Besar Jamal Md Yunus, gagal menghentikan konvoi Bersih.

Urutan kejadian-kejadian ini memperlihatkan seolah-oleh terdapat rancangan sistematik dan tersusun untuk menghentikan Bersih 2.0 melalui keganasan fizikal yang diikuti oleh ugutan maut dengan tujuan menanamkan rasa takut di kalangan pemimpin, pekerja Bersih dan masyarakat awam.

Yang lebih membimbangkan adalah tindak balas yang lembab oleh ketua polis negara terhadap deklarasi “perang habis-habisan terhadap Bersih 2.0” oleh Jamal Md Yunus pada 20 Oktober. Gambaran oleh beliau bahawa deklarasi Jamal Md Yunus hanyalah “perang mulut” adalah tidak profesional tanpa berdasarkan apa-apa siasatan.

Kenyataan Jamal Md Yunus mengeluarkan panggilan perang untuk menghentikan Bersih 2.0 selepas dibebaskan dari reman menunjukkan keangkuhannya dan rasa hormat yang rendah terhadap undang-undang dan ini sudah cukup untuk mengaitkan beliau dan samseng baju merah yang dipimpinnya.

Pertubuhan-pertubuhan yang menandatangani kenyataan ini:

  • menuntut ketua polis negara segera menyiasat ugutan maut dan insiden keganasan dan segera menangkap pelaku jenayah dan membawa mereka ke muka pengadilan.
  • menuntut supaya polis menyiasat dan menangkap dalang di sebalik serangan terancang anti Bersih.
  • menyeru Perdana Menteri Najib Razak agar mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya ugutan-ugutan ini. Sikap berdiam diri beliau dan ketiadaan tindakan diambil oleh ketua polis negara merupakan satu dorongan kepada samseng baju merah untuk terus bertindak dengan lebih bermusuhan dan ganas.

Kami dan rakyat berpendapat bahawa perdana menteri dan ketua polis negara harus bertanggungjawab sekiranya apa-apa kejadian tidak diingini berlaku ke atas pemimpin dan penyokong Bersih 2.0.

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Rakyat sedang memerhati semua ini.

Masyarakat madani yang menyokong penyataan di atas:

1. Akademi Belia
2. All Women’s Action Society (Awam)
3. Anak Malaysia Sarawak (AMS)
4. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAman)
5. Baramkini
6. Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4)
7. Community Development Center (CDC)
8. Engage
9. Greenfrieds Sabah
10. Institute for development of alternative living (Ideal)
11. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
12. Japan Graduates Association, Malaysia (Jagam)
13. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
14. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit)
15. Jawatankuasa bertindak kuala lumpur tak nak insinerator
16. Jihad for Justice (J4J)
17. Kesatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia (Kesatuan)
18. Kuan Cheng Alumni Association
19. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
20. LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)
21. Malaysians Against Death Penalty & Torture (Madpet)
22. Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (Mipas)
23. Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (Mitra)
24. Malaysia 4 Malaysians
25. Muslims Professionals Forum (MPF)
26. National Indian Rights Action Team (Niat)
27. Partners in Community Organising (Pacos Trust)
28. Penang Tamil Muslim Development Association (Pelita)
29. Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (Ikram)
30. Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)
31. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
32. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (Permas)
33. Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (Rapat)
34. Projek Dialog
35. Pusat Komas
36. One Race – Human Race
37. Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)
38. Research for Social Advancement (Refsa)
39. Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (Sawo)
40. Sarawak Women for Sarawak
41. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
42. Sisters in Islam (Sis)
43. Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (Proham)
44. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
45. Tenaganita
46. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
47. Tindak Malaysia
48. The Federation & Alumni Associations Taiwan University, Malaysia (Faatum)
49. We Are Malaysians
50. Women’s Aid Organisations (WAO)
51. Womens Centre for Change, Penang (WCC)
52. Women Development of Malaysia PJ
53. Workers Hub for Change (WH4C)
54. Writers Alliance for Media Independence (Wami)


Civil Society condemns death threats against Bersih 2.0 leaders

We, the undersigned organizations, are extremely appalled and strongly condemn the death threats against the chairperson of Bersih 2.0, Maria Chin, and her three children, former chair of Bersih 2.0 and current president of the National Human Rights Society, Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Bersih 2.0 staff Mandeep Singh.

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Following these threats on 18 October, the car of one of Maria’s sons was splashed with red paint and chicken blood on 20 October.

These deplorable death threats were received by Maria Chin via Whatsapp messages in which the faces of all those named above were superimposed next to a person holding a knife over their heads.

Since the organisers launched the nationwide convoys to mobilize support for the Bersih 5 rally on 19 November, threats and attacks have been escalating. These came immediately after a series of attacks by red-shirted thugs led by Umno’s Sungai Besar division chief Jamal Md Yunus after he failed to stop the Bersih convoys.

The sequence of events suggests a systematic and coordinated plan to stop Bersih 2.0 through physical violence culminating in death threats to instil fear in Bersih leaders and staff and the general public.

More alarming is the feeble response from the inspector general of police on the declaration of “all-out war against Bersih 2.0” by Jamal Md Yunus on 20 October. His description of Jamal Md Yunus’s declaration as merely “war of words” is totally unprofessional in the absence of any form of investigation.

The fact that Jamal Md Yunus made his war cry to stop Bersih 2.0 soon after his remand demonstrates his arrogance and little respect of the law and is enough evidence to implicate him and his red shirt thugs.

The undersigned organisations:

  • demand that the inspector general of police immediately investigate these death threats and violent incidents and swiftly apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
  • demand that the police investigate and apprehend the mastermind behind the planned anti-Bersih attacks.
  • urge Prime Minister Najib Razak to strongly condemn these threats. His deafening silence and the inspector general of police’s inaction is encouraging the red-shirted thugs to be more hostile and violent.
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We and the rakyat hold the prime minister and inspector general of police accountable should any untoward incident befall any Bersih 2.0 leaders and supporters.

The rakyat is closely watching.

Endorsed by:

1. Akademi Belia
2. All Women’s Action Society (Awam)
3. Anak Malaysia Sarawak (AMS)
4. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAman)
5. Baramkini
6. Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism(C4)
7. Community Development Center (CDC)
8. Engage
9. Greenfrieds Sabah
10. Institute for development of alternative living (Ideal)
11. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
12. Japan Graduates Association, Malaysia (Jagam)
13. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
14. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit)
15. Jawatankuasa Bertindak Kuala Lumpur Tak Nak Insinerator
16. Jihad for Justice (J4J)
17. Kesatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia (Kesatuan)
18. Kuan Cheng Alumni Association
19. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
20. LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)
21. Malaysians Against Death Penalty & Torture (Madpet)
22. Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (Mipas)
23. Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (Mitra)
24. Malaysia 4 Malaysians
25. Muslims Professionals Forum (MPF)
26. National Indian Rights Action Team (Niat)
27. Partners in Community Organising (Pacos Trust)
28. Penang Tamil Muslim Development Association (Pelita)
29. Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (Ikram)
30. Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)
31. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
32. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (Permas)
33. Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (Rapat)
34. Projek Dialog
35. Pusat Komas
36. One Race – Human Race
37. Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)
38. Research for Social Advancement (Refsa)
39. Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (Sawo)
40. Sarawak Women for Sarawak
41. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
42. Sisters in Islam (Sis)
43. Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (Proham)
44. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
45. Tenaganita
46. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
47. Tindak Malaysia
48. The Federation & Alumni Associations Taiwan University, Malaysia (Faatum)
49. We Are Malaysians
50. Women’s Aid Organisations (WAO)
51. Womens Centre for Change, Penang (WCC)
52. Women Development of Malaysia PJ
53. Workers Hub for Change (WH4C)
54. Writers Alliance for Media Independence (Wami)

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