BERSIH 2.0 chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah, yesterday received a WhatsApp death threat against her and her family allegedly signed off as Islamic State Malaysia.
The message read as follows:
“HOI MARIA..AKU TAK MAU BAGI SALAM KT KO SBB AKU TAK TAU KO NI ISLAM BETUL KE TAK..KO DGR SINI BAIK2..AKU TAK MO CKP BNYK KALI. AKU NK BAGI LAST WARNING KT KO JANGAN TERUSKAN NIAT BODOH KO UNTUK ANJUR HIMPUNAN BERSIH YANG MENATANG APA TU..KO JANGAN CUBA NAK BANGKITKAN KEMARAHAN ORG2 MELAYU..
KO JANGAN HERET ORG MELAYU BERSEKONGKOL DENGAN CINA DAN KELING KAPIR HARBI TU..AKU TAK KAN TERAGAK-AGAK UNTUK BALUN SAMPAI LUMAT DAN JUGA SANGGUP SEMBELIH KO DAN KUNCU-KUNCU ANJING KO SEMUA TU MACAM AMBIGA PANDIKUTTY DAN ANAK HARAM SI MANDEEP.
DEMI ALLAH DAN KESUCIAN PERJUANGAN ISLAM DI MALAYSIA, KALAU KO NAK HILANG KEPALA MCM KT SYRIA, TERUSKAN KEJE BODOH KO TU. AKU POTONG KEPALA KO AKU RAKAM DAN AKAN AKU SEBAR DLM U TUBE…AKU KENAL SAPE KO, AKU TAU KT MANA KO TINGGAL DAN AKU JUGAK TAU SAPE FMLY DAN ANAK-ANAK KO……
AKU AKAN TENTANG ABIS2AN KEJE BODOH KAU..INGAT!!!!! TAKDE AMARAN LAGI!!!!
INI AMARAN DARI ISLAMIC STATE MALAYSIA…”
[Hoi maria, I will not greet you because I do not know whether you are a true islam or not.. you listen carefully.. i will not repeat. i am giving last warning to you. do not continue you stupid intention to organize the bersih rally… you dont try to stoke the anger of the malays.. you dont drag the malays to collude with the chinese and keling kapir harbi… i will not hesitate to whack you till pieces and also willing to slaughter you and all your dog followers like ambiga pandikutty and the illegitimate child mandeep. for allah and the struggle of islam in malaysia, if you want to lose your head like in syria, then continue your stupid work. i will cut your head i will record and i will spread it on utube. i know who you are, i know where you stay, and i also know who are your family and your children…
i will fight to the end against your stupid work.. remember!!!! no more warnings!!!!
this warning is from islamic state malaysia…]
The person, persons or group warned against following through with the upcoming Bersih 5 rally and threatened to “slaughter” and “behead” Maria and her “anjing” cohorts.
The threat was particularly vile as disturbing images of Maria’s three sons were also sent in the WhatsApp message. Indeed, singling out Maria’s children is despicable and showed the lowness and desperation of the perpetrator(s). Even more deplorable is that it hides behind the façade of Islam and distorts it to defame, threaten and scare Maria, Ambiga, Mandeep and Maria’s sons.
The IS death threats are also meant to strike fear and to silence the BERSIH peaceful movement. The BERSIH Convoy has gained momentum and successfully reached the towns and villages it had set out to achieve. This has raised awareness in the people from these areas and struck discord to those who do not support BERSIH’s cause.
Since the start of the BERSIH convoy and the announcement of the 19 November rally, racist remarks, verbal death threats like “will not walk on this earth”, lies in the name of Islam, and deplorable violence have been used against the movement.
BERSIH 2.0 strongly condemns these offensive and violent acts as an appalling and deplorable affront to parliamentary democracy. They should be arrested. If the police can hunt down netizens who are deemed a threat for uploading so-called damaging images and statements, they can track these criminals down. The threat of IS violence is even more serious and BERSIH 2.0 expects these criminals to be brought to justice.
We also call upon all Malaysians to condemn such acts of atrocities and make nationwide police reports against IS violence against BERSIH 2.0 and the six individuals whose lives are under severe threat.
The government and BN cabinet ministers must end use of threats and violence. Their continued silence will mean that they condone IS threats and also the UMNO red shirt violence.
Intimidation is the exercise of tyranny. Tyrants use power to award victory to wrong-doers at the expense of right-doers. We must oppose tyranny. If we cave in to tyrants and quietly accept corruption and abuse, we will be fenced in by what is worst in humanity. We must instead be driven by what is best.
We will not be cowed by fear and threat of violence and will proceed with our plans for both the convoy and rally. Let us show the tyrants that we will not be intimidated into giving up our calls to unite and shape a new Malaysia. Our cause and demands remain as we call for clean government, clean and fair elections, right to dissent, strengthen parliamentary democracy and to empower Sabah and Sarawak.
Violence has no place in Malaysia.
Signed by BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee members