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by nicholas cheng
Civil activist Datuk S. Ambiga
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has distanced herself from a popular Facebook page that was allegedly posting statements in her name.
Expressing her shock, the Bersih co-chairman cautioned Netizens not to believe posts by pages that have her name on them as she is never on Facebook.
The page on the social networking site called “I Like Ambiga Sreenevasan” has 13,224 likes and has been active since 2011.
There is a summary of the Bersih co-chairman’s achievements in the page’s profile and a house address, which Ambiga says could be the headquarters for Bersih 2.0 and EMPOWER.
At first glance, the page looks like a fan page but posts on it are written as if they came from Ambiga or official sources.
Among the posts are “I’ve done all I could, I will be there always for the people!” which was posted in the run-up to the Bersih 3.0 rally and “Please do not post/comment hatred or racial influence material on my wall. All sick comments will be banned forever!”
More recently, the page administrator posted “We have received thousands of suggestions and requests to host another massive rally on clean & fair elections. What do you have to say?” in April, and “Guys please stay home for now!” a day before the May 5 general election.
Ambiga told The Star that she only found out about the page after being notified by someone in a meeting last week.
“I am not on Facebook because I have some issues with its security, but I am on Twitter.”
However, she said that she did not believe there was an intention for the page to mislead anyone as it seemed to have reproduced information from the Bersih website.
Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi said the authorities would look into the page.
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