Ambiga seeks royal audience to explain issues

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 05 Jul 2011

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 steering committee chairman Datuk S. Ambiga hopes to seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong before its Saturday rally and has pledged to call it off if so advised by the King.

However, she said they would only decide after their audience with the King.

“Don't speculate yet. We will make an announcement as soon as possible,” she said. Asked if they would call off the rally if the Agong advised them to, she said: “Yes.”

She said the committee had held an emergency meeting on Sunday night after the King issued the statement and decided to abide by it.

Ambiga said she had also conveyed this to former prime minister Tun Abdullah Badawi, who requested a meeting yesterday to advise her to abide by the statement.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin had on Sunday made known his thoughts on the Bersih 2.0 rally, saying that street demonstrations would bring more bad than good to the country.

Ambiga said Bersih 2.0 also expressed its appreciation for the King's support of the people's hopes for a reform in the electoral system.

“Bersih 2.0 will abide by the Agong's statement for dialogue in creating a national consensus for the electoral reformation and democratic development process.

“We appealed to the Agong for an audience to present the issues that were of concern to Malaysians as well as for electoral reformation and a democratic development process to be carried out as soon as possible,” she said at a press conference here yesterday.

On Prime Minister's suggestion that their rally be held in a stadium, Ambiga said she would have to discuss this with the committee.

In a statement, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said the party was ready to join Bersih 2.0 during the Royal audience to explain the movement's real intention.

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