First Ambiga, then reportedly other members of the Bersih steering committee – and now Aliran president P Ramakrishnan has received a death threat via sms.

Aliran is a member of the Bersih coalition and is represented on the Bersih steering committee.

These threats are disturbing, but peace-and-justice-loving Malaysians will not cower in fear. We stand in solidarity with all those threatened with personal harm.

Rama responds as follows:

Today, at around 1.00pm, I received an sms from +601119732179. The message conveyed to me was in Bahasa Malaysia and read…

What I received is apparently the same as those received by the steering committee members of Bersih 2.0. Aliran is part of Bersih 2.0 and is represented on its steering committee, and we are committed to free and fair elections, which are crucial to the democratic process.

The message in the sms is full of venom, threatening death to Ambiga and warning to kill all those around her one by one. It reeks with racial hatred and blatantly concocts lies that have no basis. It seeks to communalise an issue that concerns free and fair elections, which is supported by a wide spectrum of our civil society. (Full statement on Aliran website)