YOURSAY 'I suppose the rakyat can now sue the gov't to pay back each and every penny of the billions of ringgit in taxpayers' funds that went down the drain.'
Gov't sues Ambiga, 9 others for Bersih 3.0 damage
Hang Babeuf: Pathetic, infantile, vindictive. This government (in the week leading up to July 9, 2011) laid siege to its own principal city and remorselessly strangled the everyday life of the metropolitan populace.
In a reversal of democratic logic, it was the government that then tried to terminate the mandate of the people - and instead get itself, manufacture for itself, a different, more manageable, amenable and malleable citizenry.
But not enough yet. Now it wants to sue the rakyat. This is insane. Those whom the gods wish to destroy...
Bartimaeus 2020: "A government of laws and not of men." - John Adams.
It means that laws are to be interpreted objectively, not reread by individuals, and are to be applied to everyone without regard for their positions, reputation or personal relationships with others.
A government of men, on the other hand, would be one that is subjective, depending on the relationship of those enforcing the laws and those against whom the laws might be enforced.
Umno and its lackeys have won GE12 and those preceding it through massive electoral fraud with considerable help from the partisan EC (Election Commission) and NRD (National Registration Department). We owe no allegiance to a government so established.
Instant naturalisation of foreigners and enfranchising them is high treason against the Agong and nation. Both the NRD and EC seem guilty of this. It has been alleged that Umno has been abetting them.
Not only is the regime illegitimate but it also reeks of corruption. Now we find the regime resorting to the despicable trick of selective and malicious prosecution of dissidents with the intention of harassing and intimidating them.
Kairos: The government is pulling out all stops to try to intimidate and derail S Ambiga and the whole Bersih committee. They couldn't be bothered if their actions make them unpopular and utterly distasteful to the Malaysian public.
This government is determined to pursue its diabolical agenda to mercilessly snuff out all kinds of dissent even when the dissent is legitimate and for a just cause.
This smacks of an arrogant regime that has become totalitarian and iron-fisted in its treatment of its citizens. Such a government has certainly overstayed its tenure. The rakyat will know what to do at the GE.
James1067: The legal action against the Bersih leaders is an attempt to inject fear and intimidation among those who speak out for the rights of the people.
Who started the fracas that led to the so-called damage of the vehicles and water cannon truck? Who's going to pay damage for the peaceful rally supporters that were beaten, and even some having to go through physical and emotional trauma?
Their damage is priceless as they have been beaten, equipment broken, manhandled, by the people who are paid by the public to protect the citizens.
This is not the 70s or the 80s as the people are wiser now and they know the truth.
Jedi_Who: The Bersih leaders are charged with bringing too many protesters. Is there such a thing?
We can get to the bottom of who instructed the exit routes to be blocked and who made the decision to attack and pursue the protesters. And what about suits against the police brutality?
In the end, the message for clean and fair elections will only get louder. If only we had fair and clean courts of justice as well. That is only possible if we vote BN out.
LittleGiant: This is very good. The BN government has set a good precedent and has dug its own grave.
It is not the question of how much the government wants to claim from Ambiga or the Bersih movement. It shows that the government has no conscience, no morals and no principles.
I suppose the rakyat can now sue the government to pay them back each and every penny of the billions and billions of ringgit in taxpayers' funds that went down the drain through scandalous misappropriation and mismanagement of government projects by none other than its own officials.
The next time my car hits a pothole on the road and is damaged, I know where to make a claim for the repairs to my car. I am sure the local authority officials will happily entertain my car's repair bill.
Solaris: All we need to do is contribute RM10 per Bersih supporter to pay the damages if found guilty and use the balance of the money collected from the 299,000 people to keep the Bersih movement going. I will fully support and contribute for to the fund.
And Bersih leader Hishamuddin Rais and Pak Samad (A Samad Said) should demand that they too be included in the suit.
Anonymous #63132177: I feel ashamed that the present government has stooped so low as to sue Ambiga and fellow Bersih members.
Ambiga is a woman, who represents all Malaysians for clean and fair elections, is seen to be an enemy of the nation. What is happening?
Is this the way the government seeks to put Malaysia on the world map? A bunch, or rather a whole lot, of idiots are running our country to the dogs.
Suresh Gnasegarah: The government isn't too clever with this. In the event they win the case, Bersih would fund the lawsuit with public donations. This will be a huge political slap in the face to the government.
In the event they lose the case, it will set a formal legal precedent. In both instances, the government loses. Whomever is doing the strategic posturing for the government needs a lesson or two in political tactics.
Ferdtan: The government is voted in by the people. Every action initiated by the government is deemed for and by the people. We are their boss; the government represented by the ministers and its CEO, the PM, are answerable to us. Why are we not consulted over this lawsuit?
We disagree with the action to take a civil suit against the Bersih 3.0 steering committee and its co-chairperson. We demand a national plebiscite.
A public company, similarly, has a CEO and directors running the company for the shareholders who are their bosses.
When the shareholders are not satisfied with the administration (read: BN cabinet) more than 10 percent of the paid-up voting share capital of the company can request for an EGM.
Recently the Malaysian Bar called for an EGM to get approval and ratification of its action from the members. We, the voters, demand a plebiscite to approve the intending action of our government to sue Bersih.
Armageddon: Why don't they also claim the cost to mobilise PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police), water cannons, the chemical used for the water cannons, the gas canisters, the bullets that they might have fired.
This Peaceful Assembly Law passed by BN is all lies. There is never such a thing called "peaceful assembly" unless you are pro-BN.
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