KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28, 2015:
The Coalition of Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said the Home Ministry’s banning of the Bersih 4 T-shirts was a “laughable” effort.
She claimed the banning of the yellow shirt reflected the government’s “inability to deal with diverse views”.
“Little does the Home Ministry realise that Malaysians have broken barriers and are able to deal with the culture of fear created by those in power, politics of race and using religion to divide and rule,” she said in a statement posted on the coalition’s official Facebook page this evening.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) had earlier issued a prohibition order against the yellow-coloured Bersih #4 protest T-shirts and other materials related to the protest.
The order, which was issued by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, was made under the Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) order 2015.
The schedule included any yellow clothing, and which contained the words “Bersih 4”, and any other printed material and pamphlet which leads to the Bersih 4 rally.
She said the demands of Bersih 4, which were printed on the T-shirts, were the people’s call for democratic reform.
“We cannot go on having a failed political system that breeds corruption and an ailing economy.
“This is the time for every Malaysians to make a stand and demand for rationality.”
She also urged rally-goers, who will be taking to the streets this weekend, to be proud of the Bersih 4 T-shirts as it was a symbol of the group’s fight to bring a sense of justice and stability to the country
“We have urgent arrest lawyers on standby to deal with any legal situation that may arise. The public should not need to worry,” she said.