By Shannon Teoh
KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — The federal government is suing the steering committee of Bersih 2.0 for alleged damages amounting to RM122,000 that were incurred during the April 28 rally organised by the electoral reform movement.
The 10 Bersih leaders, spearheaded by Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, are the first persons to be sued for damages under the Peaceful Assembly Act, less than a month after the new law aimed at allowing public gatherings “in accordance with international norms” was enforced.
“Today, at about 3.25 pm, I was served with a writ and statement of claim whereby the government of Malaysia is claiming damages against me and members of the steering committee for losses purportedly suffered by them in connection with Bersih 3,” Ambiga, the former Bar Council president said.
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