We write to share with you the good news, which has not been published by the local newspapers, that the Bersih's chair person - Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan will be awarded an honorary doctorate in law today from the University of Exeter in the UK, as reported in the Malaysian Insider dated July 21, 2011.
Again, we Malaysians should feel proud of our Malaysian fellow's success. With this, it will set an excellent example for all of us especially those who seek success internationally. We believe this inspiring news will lift up every reader's spirit here.
This award well illustrate her noble idea of bringing 'election reform' to this country with the view of raising the nation's level of democracy to a higher level. Unfortunately, this idea was somehow misconstrued by the ruling party as a form of assistance to the opposition parties. As a result, it caused the ruling party to use all the possible means to prevent this rally from being carried out, with the view of protection to the business community and public property. Fortunately, this peaceful rally did not turn out ugly as predicted by the existing ruling Party.
Such a well behaved spectacular rally has in a way turns her to be a well respected Reform Icon almost instantly. We would prescribe that her determination and will power led her to such a great success. As such, her brave action received an overwhelming praises not only from many Malaysian, but people from other parts of the world that made her earned another award.
This rally also raised the eye brows of lots of Malaysia and it had eliminated the fear of the racial riots that happened on May 13, 1969. Thus, it made the dirty tactics of stirring this sort of fear become not relevant in our future election landscape. Hence, this also has set a new landmark for a fairer election in this country and it had become a step nearer to reality. Well done, Datuk S. Ambiga and we all truly thank you for what you had done.
We hope more people viewed this as a healthy progress for the country as a whole. By setting fairer elections in this country, it will eventually become the talk of the world especially the Asian countries, which would made Malaysians very proud.
As such, we urge all Malaysian to step forward and move the Nation forward to achieve the level of the First World.
Let us be honest to ourselves and ask who will care if we don't? Now is the time for action and there is no point in making complaints in the coffee shops or "teh tarik" outlets, which we normally talk and hear of.
Let us put whatever past behind us and work together to make the Nation progress in the direction, we Malaysian truly want and care for. Don't forget that we have lots to catch up. Let us also instill One Malaysia spirit to work together and move the country FORWARD and BE THE FIRST WORLD. There is nothing impossible if we all work together to show our care and love for our country.
To our great success,
Ambiga to be conferred doctor of law by UK varsity
July 21, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — Bersih 2.0 chief Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan will be awarded an honorary doctorate in law today from the University of Exeter in the UK.
The Malaysian Insider understands she will be present to receive the university award at its ceremony to be held later today.
Sources said Ambiga(picture) left for the UK over the weekend, where she plans to take a one- to two-week break after the landmark July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally for cleaner and more honest elections she spearheaded.
Close friend and fellow lawyer Tommy Thomas confirmed the news when contacted by The Malaysian Insider yesterday.
Thomas, a former Bar Council secretary, said in England, universities value seriously contributions to the professions but was unable to shed light on who nominated Ambiga for the award and what she was being recognised for.
He believes there are three possible push factors, the first two being services to her profession as a lawyer as Ambiga had been vocal during her two-year term as the Malaysian Bar president from 2007 to 2009.
Ambiga, 55, has played an active role in other sectors of the legal profession for almost 30 years including as a member of the Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Centre and speaking out on Malaysian intellectual property protection.
“She is well regarded by most of her peers and enjoys the ear of many of the judges,” Thomas said.
He added that Ambiga had also stamped her mark internationally when she became the first Malaysian and one of only eight women to win the International Women of Courage award two years ago.
The US Secretary of State award was given to her for championing human rights, the status of women and religious tolerance in Malaysia.
“There is no way anyone today can describe her without mentioning Bersih. I’m sure the person from University of Exeter who had a hand in her nomination will do the same,” Thomas said of the award speech.
He cited hearing reports that in Bersih 2.0’s Melbourne rally, hundreds had taken part wearing Ambiga face masks, turning her into an instant icon of reform.
“She is Malaysia’s best-known personality today,” he said, adding she thoroughly well-deserves the university award.
“Thanks to the Najib administration’s actions, Bersih 2.0 has been transformed into one of the best-known organisations,” he added.
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