KUALA LUMPUR, 7 NOVEMBER, 2011: Marina Mahathir, the high-profile daughter of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad, in a press statement on Monday has warned the authorities and troublemakers alike not to make Bersih chief Ambiga Sreenevasan and other activists scapegoats for the Seksualiti Merdeka event slated for November 9 to 13.
“I have been defending the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community’s rights for over 20 years now. In fact, I defend the rights of all who have been discriminated against, the poor and everyone else. So if there is any discrimination or violence against anyone, I will continue to defend their rights. That’s it. Do you understand?” she said.
Marina has also threatened to sue Umno-controlled TV3 for describing Seksualiti Merdeka as a "free sex festival".“I have been looking at your face and we know who you are,” said Marina.She warned the reporter from the TV station not to misinterpret her remarks.
Marina said she was there to show her solidarity with 4 activists hauled up by the police for questioning over the event. They are Bersih 2.0 chairman Ambiga Sreenavasan and steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah, Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez and Seksualiti Merdeka founder Pang Khee Teik.“I am here only as a supporter because two years ago, I officiated Seksualiti Merdeka without any incident. It is an event to explain and educate them of their rights within the laws, and not outside," said Marina.“So I am very angry, very angry, there are no words to describe, at certain parties calling this a free sex festival. You have nothing better to do? Nowhere here is free sex allowed. Are you crazy to imagine this?” she asked.
Yesterday the police have taken several statements from the organizers of the banned '2011 Seksualiti Merdeka' event at the Tenaganita office.Four police personnel from the Brickfields headquarters took statements from 'Seksualiti Merdeka' co-founder Pang Khee Teik, former Bar Council president Datuk S.Ambiga, women's rights group Empower Malaysia executive-director Maria Chin Abdullah and Tenaganita executive-director Irene Fernandez about 4 pm on Monday.