Monday, July 4, 2011

Ambiga: A Small Fish Wanting To Swim In A Big Pond

Hantu Laut

From Wikipedia...

Ambiga Sreenevasan is a lawyer who served as the President of the Malaysian Bar Council from 2007 to 2009.

In March 2009, Ambiga became one of the eight recipients of the 2009 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award.[1][2] In the ceremony, the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented:

Ambiga Sreenevasan, has a remarkable record of accomplishment in Malaysia. She has pursued judicial reform and good governance, she has stood up for religious tolerance, and she has been a resolute advocate of women’s equality and their full political participation. She is someone who is not only working in her own country, but whose influence is felt beyond the borders of Malaysia. And it is a great honor to recognize her and invite her to the podium.[3]

Ambiga Sreenevasan has stood up for religious tolerance and was the lawyer for Lina Joy in her apostasy case. Ambiga has argued that Article 121(1A) of the Constitution of Malaysia does not deprive Muslims from equality and freedom of religion. Some conservative Muslim groups accuse her of disputing Syariah law.[4]

Ambiga Sreenevasan U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) greet Ambiga Sreenevasan from Malaysia at an awards ceremony to announce this year's recipients of the Secretary of State's Award for International Women of Courage at the State Department March 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. The awards were given to eight women from around the world who have shown leadership while struggling for social justice and human rights.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ambiga Sreenevasan;Hillary Clinton;Michelle Obama

Acting in her capacity as President of the Malaysian Bar Council, Ambiga accepted a memorandum on the formation of an inter-faith commission, which also made 14 demands. Ambiga further held a forum on Article 121(1A) concerning syariah law and the rights of Muslims for freedom of religion, despite objections from conservative Muslim groups.[5]

May I ask what exactly has she done for this country other than stirring up racial, religious and political controversies to deserve such accolade.It's like undeserving Obama, who probably has more callouses on his lips than on his hands, being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize before he could even warm the seat at the Oval office let alone made a mighty contribution to world peace.Even the Nobel Prize has gone political rather than looking at the merits of the recipient.

I would say the same of the "Women Of Courage" award. It's mere political rather than a deserving cause. Ambiga has done absolutely nothing for this nation or the world for that matter to deserve this little known award.The only real "woman of courage" in recent time is Aug San Suu-Kyii of Myanmar who has suffered severely under a draconian and evil regime.

Has that glorified "Women Of Courage" award designed by the then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice under the Bush administration got her head so swollen that she is prepared to bring political turmoil and unrest to this nation to further enhance her glorified status, acting as a stooge for the oppositions, taking instructions from Anwar, PKR and PAS.

Anwar has openly declared that his is the real boss of the movement when he says he can order Ambiga to call off the rally on 9th July if Najib can promise a clean,free and fair elections.

Both PKR and PAS are worried that their popularity with the Malay grassroots have gone downhill which imperatively demand a huge political rally to boost the declining supports.

The demand for free and fair elections was just an excuse to fool the people.This is just a prelude to the 13th General Elections which they knew they are going to lose getting Putrajaya.Bersih is all about Anwar,PKR and PAS.

The Chinese based DAP is quite happy with their political progress and have no worry about their chance of making a major breakthrough in the 13th GE.DAP will win big but would fail to form the Federal government, dragged down by PKR and PAS poor performance.

DAP played a low-key role in the proposed Bersih rally because they are confident of winning more seats particularly in Chinese dominated areas.

Unfortunately, with all the talks that PAS new image has endeared the party to the people is absolutely not true. Staunch Muslims are reassessing PAS credibility after it discarded its Islamic badge for political expediency.

Unfortunately, Ambiga is a just pawn in the game and one small fish who wanted to be in a big pond.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ambiga is a nothing pariah. Think she's so big after that Clinton honor.
Stip of her Datukship. She has her own game to play. Want to contest an MP seat.
Haha malulah Nuar and Mat Sabu under a woman. So Ambiga is the PM if PKR wins.
Not on my life!

Anonymous said...

Ambiga is no pawn. She is brave hearted without personal agenda but at a great personal cost fighting for a just cause. She speaks for many of us who see injustice.

The 8 points promulgated by Bersih should not trouble the BN if they are clean about it. In fact BN should have whole heartedly embrace them and join in the public demand for it. What a waste of opportunity. How wonderful it would be if BN and PR matched together for the same cause.

Y1

Anonymous said...

The only real "woman of courage" in recent time is Aug San Suu-Kyii of Myanmar who has suffered severely under a draconian and evil regime.

Under the Western definition, BN is a draconian and evil regime, so its ok if the West gives an award to Ambiga.

Under the Islamic definition, BN is a model of virtue and justice, so its not ok if a Muslim country were to give Ambiga an award.

Depends on who you are

de engineur said...

The thing with her initiative on Bersih is that it seem her movement is so inclined to a political party that whatever Bersih intends to achieve is now clouded with politics.

And that draws a lot of neutrals (such as myself) out of interest.

Appu said...

This lady at press conference yesterday afternoon, said that she would seek an audience with the King before Saturday and would be willing to call off the July 9 rally. Is she implying that she would only call off the rally if she was granted a royal audience? If the above inference is valid, then this lady certainly has the precipitous temerity to even make such a suggestion. It would indeed set a dangerous precedent for other agitator dissidents to follow a similar "blackmail"/"ultimatum" in the future.

SM said...

HL,

Even your hero's daughter thinks the personal attackes on Datuk Ambiga is in bad taste!

http://www.malaysia-today.net/component/content/article/58-video/41673-marina-mahathir-attacks-on-ambiga-in-bad-taste

What you guys in UMNO/PERKASA/Utusan can't really stand is that an Indian Malaysian & even worse still a woman dares to go against UMNO!.
Just as Anonymous 7:30AM says in his comments here.

Hantu Laut said...

SM,
Would she writes like that if the father is the PM?

She is not alone, I have seen many columnists who were sycophants and obsequious to leaders of BN before are now their biggest critics.

When they can get anymore personal benefits from the government they change course.

Anonymous said...

Now I understand why you call yourself Hantu Laut.

Hantu Laut = Low life Person

Low life person aka Hantu Laut will stoop so low as to use personal attacks on someone after they realize what they were trying to spin looses it's intended effect (no body belief your spin from now on except low lifes like yourself).

If you and Datuk Ambiga were in the same army, she would be the general and you be lucky to be her boot polisher (since you have a lot of experience in this profession).

Hantu Laut said...

Anonymous,

I could have not posted your stupid comment but I did to show what kind of idiotic and uneducated lots you supporters of Pakatan and Bersih are.

What personal attack?Amiga is now a public figure with political ambition and she is open to public scrutiny.

Anonymous said...

Hantu Laut..
Bravo !
Pls carry on with your sharp wits that shall turn the tables to these idiots..they don't deserve to live in this countrY as they are really selfish citizens. And i bet they are not the true patriots as well..they just spit on our goverment leaders without realizing how their life and their generation have become today,sadly what they now do is ask and ask and ask for more..greedy pigs!

SM said...

Bro HL,

Wow!
By calling the Pakatan & BERSIH supporters "idiotic & uneducated", your supporter Anonymous 1:03PM thinks that that's "sharp wits"!
I rest my case!

Anonymous said...

Hantu Laut I cannot agree with your racial comment. Dont stoop so low. What agenda Ambiga has? Is she a member of any political party? Is she aiming for a post in PKR? Why do you have to attack her personally? Why are you so jealous of her award? You should be proud that a malaysian lady who is brave enough to champion the reform in electoral process. Is it a sin in Bible or Quran to ask for a clean and fair election?