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Ambiga: Politics ‘No’, EC chief ‘perhaps’

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysians appear to be split on whether Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga should contest in the next general election.

And the former Bar Council president admitted that she had been receiving numerous calls urging her to stand as an independent candidate.

But the mother of two stressed that politics was not her cup of tea and that she could never see herself as a politician.

“I will not contest. That is my final decision. I am not interested in politics,” she told FMT, ruling out any room for reconsideration in the future.

Ambiga was responding to the recent call from the Malaysian Indian Business Association (Miba) and the coalition of NGOs, WargaAman, for her to contest in the election.

The two groups argued that Ambiga and other prominent civil society personalities could raise the standard of Parliament if elected to the August House.

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However, the Bersih leader felt that her role was to throw punches from outside the political ring.

“I am better at snapping at the heels of politicians,” she stressed, adding that Bersih would continue to remain non-partisan.

“Perhaps I am naive and I prefer to be that way. In politics, you have to say things you don’t mean and that is not in my system. You have to change yourself, and I will find that difficult,” she added.

Ambiga also dismissed the suggestion that she be appointed as the attorney-general should Pakatan Rakyat form the next federal government.

“I am not interested in the AG post either,” she said.

However, Ambiga quipped that she would consider the position of Election Commission chairman if offered.

“And I will do it free of charge in order to implement electoral reforms,” she added.

She said whichever political bloc that formed the next federal government should clean up the electoral process and call for the 14th general election within two or three years.

Ambiga, who plans to quit Bersih after the next general election, explained that it would not mean throwing in the towel.

“I will still be involved and will continue to play a role [for the betterment of society], if the people still want to hear what I have to say,” she added.
 
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ETALING JAYA: Rakyat Malaysia kelihatan berpecah sama ada Bersih bersama pengerusi S Ambiga perlu bertanding dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Dan Bar bekas Presiden Majlis mengakui bahawa dia telah menerima panggilan banyak mendesak beliau untuk bertanding sebagai calon bebas.

Tetapi ibu dua menekankan bahawa politik tidak cawan teh beliau dan bahawa dia tidak dapat melihat dirinya sebagai seorang ahli politik.

"Saya tidak akan bertanding. Itu adalah keputusan muktamad saya. Saya tidak berminat dalam politik, "kata beliau kepada FMT, pemerintah daripada mana-mana bilik untuk dipertimbangkan semula pada masa hadapan.

Ambiga menjawab panggilan baru-baru ini dari Persatuan Perniagaan India Malaysia (MIBA) dan gabungan NGO, WargaAman, bagi beliau untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya.

Kedua-dua kumpulan berhujah bahawa Ambiga dan lain-lain personaliti terkemuka masyarakat sivil boleh menaikkan taraf Parlimen jika dipilih ke Dewan yang mulia.

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Walau bagaimanapun, pemimpin Bersih merasakan bahawa peranan beliau adalah untuk membuang tumbukan dari luar gelanggang politik.

"Saya lebih baik pada menyentap pada tumit ahli politik," tegas beliau, sambil menambah bahawa Bersih akan terus kekal non-partisan.

"Mungkin saya naif dan saya lebih suka untuk menjadi cara itu. Dalam politik, anda perlu untuk mengatakan perkara yang anda tidak bermakna dan yang tidak dalam sistem saya. Anda perlu mengubah diri, dan saya akan mendapati bahawa sukar, "tambah beliau.

Ambiga juga menolak cadangan bahawa dia dilantik sebagai peguam umum Pakatan Rakyat perlu membentuk kerajaan persekutuan akan datang.

"Saya tidak berminat dalam jawatan AG sama ada," katanya.

Walau bagaimanapun, Ambiga berjenaka bahawa dia akan mempertimbangkan kedudukan pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya jika ditawarkan.

"Dan saya akan melakukannya percuma untuk melaksanakan reformasi pilihan raya," katanya.

Beliau berkata mana-mana blok politik yang membentuk kerajaan persekutuan akan datang perlu membersihkan proses pilihanraya dan memanggil untuk pilihan raya umum ke-14 dalam tempoh dua atau tiga tahun.

Ambiga, yang merancang untuk berhenti Bersih selepas pilihan raya umum akan datang, menjelaskan bahawa ia tidak akan bermakna membuang dalam tuala.

"Saya masih akan terlibat dan akan terus memainkan peranan [untuk kebaikan masyarakat], jika rakyat masih mahu mendengar apa yang saya katakan," tambah beliau.
 
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