Ambiga not seeking political office

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PETALING JAYA: The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has again refuted claims she will be contesting in the next general election.

The former Bar Council president said she does not know how the "rumours" came about. She told The Malay Mail: "The reason I'm not contesting is because I want to see through the demands of the Bersih 2.0."

A local English daily reported yesterday that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Youth chief Datuk Fadillah Yusof demanded a response from Ambiga to state if she would be contesting in the coming general election on an opposition ticket.

“No, I am not running in the coming election. I don't know where these rumours are coming from," said Ambiga.

“My sole focus is to ensure the reform agenda of Bersih 2.0 is achieved. That is what I am interested in and believe the demands of Bersih 2.0 must be implemented before the 13th general election. I would like to reaffirm I have no intention of running.”

Bersih 2.0's eight demands are the use of indelible ink, cleaning up the electoral roll, reforming postal voting, minimum campaign period of 21 days, free and fair access to the media, strengthening public institutions, and eradicating corruption and dirty politics.

Rumours over Ambiga's candidacy swirled after she successfully led the Bersih 2.0 rally in KL on July 9 this year.

The rally elevated her as a symbol of civil society's dissent and her close relationship with opposition leaders led to assumptions over her political affinity.

A few days after the July 9 rally, Ambiga had told reporters she would not stand in the coming general election because she does not have the “stomach” for local politics.

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