Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 18th May 2012:
Support for Ambiga’s proposal for the calling off of the “thosai” plan outside Deputy IGP’s house
The break-in attempt at the office of Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan in Damansara this morning is a matter of grave concern to rational and decent Malaysians, although full details of the attempted break-in have still to come in.
Rational and decent Malaysians want a return to the decency and civility of politics and public life, instead of growing desensitization to sense, sensibility and sensitivities as happened recently, for instance in the Perkasa “funeral rite” in front of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s house in Penang, the setting up of a burger stall in front of Ambiga’s house at Bukit Damansara and the disgraceful and deplorable “butt” dance by a group of armed forces veteran in front of Ambiga’s house.
For this reason, I support Ambiga’s proposal, as reported in Free Malaysia Today, asking the NGO, WargaAMAN, to reconsider its decision to set up a thosai stall outside Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar’s house on Sunday.
While Khalid had failed his duties as a public servant when he gave his blessings to the setting up of a burger stall outside Ambiga’s house, a most insensitive and irresponsible act, two wrongs do not make a right.
WargaAMAN secretary S. Barathidasan’s positive response to Ambiga’s proposal is to be commended, as he said that the NGO’s committee members would meet this afternoon to decide on whether to proceed with the plan.
WargaAMAN would be doing the nation a great service if it calls off its “thosai” plan outside the Deputy IGP’s house and initiate a virtuous circle to restore decency and civility to politics and public life in Malaysia to be emulated by all Malaysians in politics and public life.
It would also save the country from becoming a laughing stock in the world.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor