Sebagai respon kepada gesaan tidak memberikan reaksi balas terhadap kumpulan anti-BERSIH, 'Protes tose' yang dirancang di luar rumah Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar pada Ahad ini telah dibatalkan.
Pengerusi WargaAman A Rajaretinam mengesahkan perhimpunan bantahan itu secara rasminya dibatalkan tetapi mereka akan tetap menghantar tose telur kepada Khalid.
Beberapa anggota WargaAman akan membeli tose telur daripada gerai berdekatan dan menghantarnya melalui serahan tangan ke rumah Khalid pada pagi Ahad ini, katanya dalam sidang media hari ini.
Rajaretinam berkata, keputusan itu diambil setelah mempertimbangkan nasihat pemimpin DAP Lim Kit Siang, bekas menteri besar Perak Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin dan Pengerusi Bersama BERSIH S Ambiga.
Bagaimanapun Pengerusi WargaAman, A Rajaretinam tidak menolak kemungkinan mereka akan menganjurkan 'Pesta Makanan Monggolia' di Putrajaya pula..
"Mengapa tidak?, jika orang awam menyokong cadangan ini kami akan pertimbangkannya" kata A Rajaretinam.
Bagaimanapun beliau menegaskan perkara ini tidak ada kena mengena dengan Najib dan Altantuya..
Ha.. ha... ha... satu cadangan yang bijak!!
Thosai out, Mongolian food in?
At a press conference here today, WargaAMAN chairman A Rajeretinam said the decision was made out of respect for the views of Bersih 3.0 chairperson S Ambiga.
On a lighter note, he did not rule out the possibility of WargaAMAN organising a Mongolian food festival in Putrajaya.
“Why not? If the public supports this idea, we may consider it,” he told FMT.
Mongolia is a sensitive word in Malaysia since it rekindles memories of Altantuya Shaaribuu, the Mongolian national who was murdered here by two police special action unit personnel.
Certain quarters had implicated Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in the case but the latter denied any involvement and the authorities had also cleared him.
However, Rajaretinam stressed that the idea had nothing to do with Najib or Altantuya.
24-hour deadline for ‘thosai telur’
As for the cancellation of the thosai carnival, he said several other leaders including former Perak menteri besar Nizar Jamaluddin and DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang had also advised them against carrying out the event, which the NGO claimed was to promote thosai.
“We held an emergency meeting with our members last night after being informed about Ambiga’s stand on the matter and decided to withdraw the plan,” he told reporters.
However, he said WargaAMAN would present Khalid with the “thosai telur” which he had requested if he still wanted it.
Giving the deputy police chief a 24-hour deadline, Rajaretinam said if Khalid made the request a WargaAMAN delegation would deliver the thosai to his doorstep on Sunday.
“We want to know whether he still wants to taste the thosai telur or cancel it. The ball is in his court,” he added.
Rajeretinam also apologised to the public for calling off the event.
“We received hundreds of calls and thousands of SMS where nearly 5,000 people promised to attend the event,” he said.
Quizzed on the DIG’s suggestion to hold the carnival at a field near his house, Rajeretinam said he would let the public form their own opinions about the former’s remark.
“When, it (the burger protest) happened in front of Ambiga’s house everything is perfect. But now, when it comes to him, he says that his house is not suitable.
“Khalid should work for the people not politicians,” he added.
Speaking to FMT yesterday, Ambiga had requested the NGO to reconsider its plan and urged all Malaysians to respect private spaces.
Kit Siang backs Ambiga
In a related development, DAP stalwart and Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang had earlier supported Ambiga’s proposal.
“While Khalid failed in 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,” he said in a statement.
The veteran politician also lauded WargaAMAN for agreeing to reconsider its plan.
“WargaAMAN would be doing the nation a great service if it calls off its thosai plan outside 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,” he added.
The burger protest outside Ambiga’s house was held by traders who claimed to have incurred massive losses during the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.
Following this, Khalid said the police did not take action because the individuals involved did not commit any criminal offence.
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