Friday, 11 May 2012

Put country before burgers: Ikhlas grilled

A business group criticises the 'burger protest' held outside Bersih chairperson S Ambiga's house.

PETALING JAYA: The traders who demonstrated by selling burgers in front of Bersih chairperson S Ambiga’s house should learn to put the country’s interest first before profits.

Malaysian Indian Business Association (Miba) president P Sivakumar said as a business leader, he was disappointed that the traders had demonised Ambiga for organising the Bersih 3.0 rally.

“It’s a small sacrifice to promote better democracy in the country. The traders should know better as without sacrifice, you gain nothing,” he told FMT.

Yesterday, a petty traders group known as Ikhlas protested outside Ambiga’s house in Damansara Heights by setting up a burger stall.

Ikhlas chairperson Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah claimed that petty traders in Kuala Lumpur lost about RM200,000 in business due to the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.

Sivakumar said the traders should learn from the younger generation of Malaysians, who were more vocal in demanding for better democracy and human rights in the country.

“As long as our youths act in accordance to the law, I don’t see an issue for them to fight for the betterment of the country,” he added.

He also said currently, the Malaysian electoral system is marred with irregularities with allegations that foreigners were given voting rights.

Sivakumar reminded the traders that even they would benefit if the electoral system in the country was free and fair.

“It is the duty of all Malaysians to demand for clean and fair election, not only Bersih and its supporters. The traders should participate in the process as well,” he said.

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