Wednesday May 16, 2012
Group performs ‘butt exercises’ in front of Ambiga’s home
By YUEN MEIKENG
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of army veterans literally turned their backs on Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga and performed “butt exercises” in front her house in Bukit Damansara.
They held the bizarre protest in retaliation for her organising the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, which they claimed had given the country a bad name.
In the incident yesterday morning, about 15 ex-servicemen were seen stretching and shaking their buttocks in front of her house.
Ambiga later came out of her house and told them: “I'm happy you had a good exercise” and offered them isotonic drinks.
However, the group, led by Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association president Mohd Ali Baharom, declined saying they were Malay Muslims and only drank warm water.
He went on to tell Ambiga that the ex-army veterans would take more action if she did anything to tarnish the country's good name and warned her not to bring anymore trouble to the country.
Mohd Ali later told reporters that he challenged Ambiga to take legal action against him and if she failed to do so, a bigger crowd would gather in front of her house.
When approached by reporters, Ambiga said she would let the public decide if what happened was an intimidation or a peaceful protest.
“My views are very clear. It is an invasion of privacy. Unfortunately, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar) does not see any offence in gathering outside someone's house.
“To me, that is highly irresponsible because it will open the doors to allow people to gather outside anybody's house, including a minister's,” she said, describing the exercise as “crude”.
She said she had lodged a report on the incident and would leave it to the police to investigate the matter.
This is the second demonstration to be held in front of Ambiga's house after the “burger protest” staged on May 10 by traders who gave away free burgers.
They had claimed they were upset over their loss of income as a result of the Bersih 3.0 rally.
Ambiga said that after the “burger protest”, some people came by her house “day and night” to ask her for burgers.