Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali has insisted that the chaos caused by the Bersih 3.0 protest on April 28 was far worse than the ‘burger and butt’ protests outside the house of Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.
"If you (make a comparison), Ambiga's gathering at Dataran Merdeka ... was worse.
"(As for the protests) at Ambiga's house, (the impact was) limited since the place occupied by the protesters is small,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
"Not to say that I agree (with what happened) but it is totally different (compared to) Ambiga's protest at Dataran. But I think it helps Ambiga. She (won’t) need to drive (out) if she wants a burger, she can just go outside her house and buy (one)."
He agreed, however, that the protests are to retaliate against Ambiga for proceeding with the Bersih 3.0 protest, despite a court order prohibiting the gathering around Dataran Merdeka.
"This is what happens when you don't respect the law. She was offered a stadium and there was a court order saying ‘don't go to Dataran Merdeka’, but she still broke the law and traders had to foot the losses.” he said.
"When somebody starts breaking the law, then other people will follow.”
On May 10, a group of traders had set up burger stalls outside Ambiga's house to highlight income foregone from lost business during the Bersih 3.0 protest.
Five days later, a group of army veterans performed ‘butt exercises’ against Ambiga for alleged role as an ‘enemy of the state’ and for having ‘smeared’ the country's name.
Asked to comment, Perkasa supreme council member Vice-Admiral (R) Mat Rabi Abu Samah(right in photo) said he personally does not see any wrong in this.
"They were doing butt exercises but they were decently dressed, they didn't expose their butts... this is very subjective but to me, there is no problem," he said.
Ibrahim declined to state his stance on the matter stating: "This has got nothing to do with Perkasa... Right or wrong is up to them (protesters) to decide."
Another group of protesters have vowed to set up a 'market'outside Ambiga’s house on Thursday and Friday.