KUALA LUMPUR — Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told the High Court here today that there were evidence which showed the aim of the Steering Committee on the Coalition for Clean and fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) in organising the Bersih rally on April 28, 2012, was to topple the government.
Khalid, 60, who was then the IGP, said the Bersih 3.0 rally was initially aimed at ensuring clean elections, but it turned unruly and become out of control which resulted in damage to government property.
“Their (participants) objective was clear, to topple the government through other means,” he said during examination-in-chief by lawyer Mohamed Nasser Yusof, who represented Sungai Besar UMNO leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos, in a defamation suit filed by Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.
Questioned by lawyer N. Surendran, representing Maria, on the proof that showed Bersih rally was held to topple the government, Khalid said their action in holding large gathering and inciting the public was intended for the purpose.
“That is not the way to assemble by saying that the elections in the country were not clean and giving politically-charged speeches,” he said.
He also said Maria, who was the Bersih organiser, did not respect the law and follow advice given by the authorities during the rally.
He said Maria had also been investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) in 2015 as police obtained information that Bersih received foreign funding, but agreed with Surendran that she was released unconditionally under the act.
Maria filed the suit on Oct 7, 2016, claiming that Jamal, who is also the Coalition of Malay Non-governmental Organisations chairman and leader of the Red Shirts movement had slandered her during a press conference outside the Putra World Trade Centre on Sept 28, 2016.
In her statement of claim, Maria said Jamal had allegedly issued the defamatory statement on two occasions. The first time was at a press conference within the grounds of the Putra World Trade Centre on Sept 28, and the second at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman on Oct 4.
She claimed that the defamatory statement, published in the newspapers and online news portals, had tarnished her reputation and good name.
The hearing continues before Justice Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab this afternoon. – BERNAMA