Public notices for potential protestors especially those with chronic diseases . (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said public notices, spelling out guidelines to follow during the Bersih 3.0 sit-in rally at Dataran Merdeka on April 28, will be sent out to potential protestors especially those with chronic diseases.
Speaking to The Mole, Ambiga said: “we are going to send out advisory notices on guidelines of peaceful demonstrations to those interested in joining the rally including those with illness.’’
“We cannot force anyone to come, therefore we will do our part in handing out the notices.’’
Meanwhile National Laureate Datuk A. Samad Said and Bersih co-chairman said the organisers plan to deploy a medical team to the rally.
When contacted A. Samad said: “the plan is in discussion at the moment.’’
“We recognise the importance of having a medical team because there is a lesson to be learnt from the last demonstration when a death occurred amongst the protestors.’’
“The same thing should not recur. We do not want anybody injured, ‘’ he said.
During the Bersih 2.0 rally last year, 59-year-old supporter Baharuddin Ahmad died while marching at the rally for electoral reforms.
At first, Baharuddin's death was blamed on the police, that his death was a result of a a fall after a scuffle with he force.
A blog post at malaysianfirstlast had then stated the government and the police force must be responsible for the death of Baharuddin who is also the husband of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Setiawangsa division chief Rosni Malan.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a statement said Baharuddin died of a heart attack and his death had nothing to do with the rally stating there was no physical contact between the police and demonstrators.
Prominent blogger Rocky Bru in his blog said with Bersih 3.0 approaching, Ambiga and her fellow organisers must be more responsible towards their protestors after the death of Baharuddin.
Rocky said: “Ambiga and fellow organisers should start making sure all the necessary precautions have been taken to cover the protestors (not themselves and their political masters) in the unlikely event of another death.’’