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Proham Press Release
PROHAM APPEALS FOR CERTAIN QUARTERS
TO END THIS VENDETTA AGAINST DATUK S AMBIGA
Proham expresses serious concerns over the move by some to demonize and vilify the Bersih co-chairman by certain quarters including burning her photo poster and calling for her Malaysian citizenship to be revoked. What is even more troubling is the extensive media coverage by certain section of mainstream media.
The Federal constitution provides for circumstances in which the citizenship can be revoked. Exercising ones citizenship right for free speech, assembly and association as guaranteed in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution provides no grounds at all for revoking ones citizenship.
Proham is of the opinion that Datuk S Ambiga is acting within her constitutional rights and in the best interest of the nation for a clean and fair elections. She is a responsible Malaysian, who as the former chairperson of the Bar Council has won Malaysian and international recognition for her dedication and for her stand for justice. We believe like most Malaysians that she has kept the nation’s best interests at the foremost. Indeed we must commend her highly for her courage, commitment and perseverance in her pursuit for truth and justice.
Proham advises that there must be more open, frank and articulate discussions including peaceful public assemblies and expressions. Inciting hatred and anger towards individuals and genuine groups is not the moderate and proper way within to promote peace stability and progress in an evolving democratic society.
Proham calls on the Police and Home Affairs to advise these negative and disruptive groups including many sections of the mainstream media, to stop vilifying fair comment that is intended to promote healthy public discussion in the best interest of the nation and our future.
Released on behalf of Proham by
Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Prof Hamdan Adnan and Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria