Why the Silence, Ambiga?

On March 23rd of this year, Bersih launched the “Reject Political Violence” campaign. You can read the press release here. Amongst other things, the release states:
“BERSIH 2.0 is appalled that political leaders are condoning the violence by making excuses for the perpetrators or by staying silent.”

As many know, polling day was marred by scenes of violence perhaps never seen in previous Malaysian elections. The incident involving Rameish Raman (highlighted in my recent posting here) was but one of many that occurred across the country. Vigilantes harassed and intimidated voters for appearing to be “not Malaysian enough”. Some voters were turned away without fulfilling their duty to vote. Others were physically assaulted. In one case in Terengganu, a group of ethnic Indian voters were threatened with parangs held to their necks.

Yet more than a week after these appalling incidents, we have not heard a word from either Ambiga or Bersih. By staying silent, does Ambiga condone these acts of violence? Or do they only count if they were perpetrated by supporters of BN?

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