Friday, April 15, 2011

Barring Ambiga, And Rigging An Election

Ms.Ambiga Srinivasan is the former president of the Bar Council and currently the Bersih 2.0 Chairperson. Bersih 2.0 is an organization focused on ensuring free and fair elections in Malaysia.

She was barred from entering Sarawak today, the day before polling, by the office of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. He seems to be supremely arrogant, and frightened out of his wits, all at the same time.

Ms.Ambiga is the fourth activist to be barred from Sarawak in the past two weeks. The others were Steven Ng, Wong Chin Huat and Haris Ibrahim. PKR's Mr.Sivarasah was also barred a few weeks ago.

His reason for barring Ms.Ambiga, who is committed to ensuring that elections are not rigged, can only be because that is precisely his intention. If Mr.Taib cannot win by fair means, and we know he cannot this time, he means to win by foul.

But if the swing against the BN is strong enough, even Mr.Taib and his thugs, will not be able to silence the long-suppressed voice of Sarawak's people.

This tyrannical despot and his party may yet be cast out of power in Sarawak, including in his own seat of Balingian.

And then Sarawak will be free.

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