KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21, 2015:
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah is not cowed down by the warning issued by a coalition of Masjid India traders yesterday.
The coalition had threatened to set up stalls outside her residence if the Bersih 4.0 rally were to proceed next weekend.
“It has every right to protest against the rally. This is just done to intimidate my family and me. But I believe this shows that what Bersih is pushing for is making an impact because it affects them, too.
“Of course we are doing the right thing,” Maria said when contacted via Whatsapp.
She was asked to respond to the warning issued yesterday by the coalition, headed by Md Jamal Yunos, threatening to have some 7,000-8,000 traders operate right in front of Maria’s house.
“We know where you live,” was the warning issued yesterday at a Press conference held in Jalan Masjid India, here.
The coalition had urged for Bersih 4.0 organisers to move the venue of their rally to other locations beyond Dataran Merdeka and its vicinity.
“I would like to tell them that I won’t be at home until Sunday because I have speaking arrangements in Johor, Penang and Kedah,” she added.
She also urged the group to have a dialogue with Bersih in order to address its issues, and also for them to better understand what Bersih was asking for.
“We only want to reform the institution and eliminate corruption in politics via 10 demands.”
Meanwhile, responding to the group’s claim that participants were being given RM300 to join the rally next week, Maria demanded that they show proof of this allegation.
She said Bersih did not pay anyone to join the upcoming rally.
“We receive donations from the public. Bersih is against anyone paying people to attend the rally.
“If they have proof, please show it. Do not make false allegations,” she said.