Bersih's S. Ambiga in the line of fire

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Bersih leader Ambiga Sreenevasan is one of Malaysia's biggest headline generators these days. However, what most people know about the former Bar Council president - who has inspired and infuriated Malaysians in equal measure - is what they hear from the media.

Despite the wall-to-wall media coverage, many Malaysians still have endless questions for Ambiga and about Ambiga. Is she anti-government? Why is she so adamant on organising street protests? Doesn't the incessant pressure on her wear her down? Does she feel persecuted in her own home?

Well, for all those of you who have a question for Ambiga, now is the time to ask it. Yahoo! Malaysia will be hosting the controversial civil rights leader on its Question Time online chat session at 3pm on Thursday, June 14th

The concept of Question Time is simple. You, dear reader, ask the questions. We at Yahoo! Malaysia merely play the role of facilitator and moderator, ensuring that the session moves along at a brisk pace and that the questions asked are polite, on-point and brisk.

The result? An honest, direct discussion between Malaysians and one of the year's most prominent Malaysian newsmakers. No spin, no slant.

In an SMS to Yahoo! Malaysia Ambiga said she is really looking forward to the chat session on Thursday. 

"I'm taking part in this event so that the public can have direct access to me with their questions.

"I hope to be able to reach out to as many people as possible and, in particular,  to respond as best I can to issues that are troubling them," said Ambiga.

So how do you join and take part in the discussion? Simple. Go to http://my.news.yahoo.com at 3pm on Thursday and you'll see the chat screen live on the page. No login or registration is needed. Type in your question and it joins the queue.

Those who'd like to send in their questions early can do so by sending us a message on our Facebook page. We will compile and ask those questions during the chat session, if we are able to.

This is Yahoo! Malaysia's fourth Question Time session and the first for this year. Previous personalities hosted on the Question Time include Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin and pop diva Siti Nurhaliza.


QUESTION TIME - THINGS TO REMEMBER

  •  Due to the large volume of questions that will come in, not all questions will be able to be surfaced during the session. Don't panic if you don't see your question come out - it just means that it has joined all the other questions in a queue, waiting to be selected for the chat.

  • Please keep questions as short as possible. This will make it easier to address, which will, in turn give us more time to address other questions and topics.

  • Please keep questions civil. The idea of Question Time is to have a lively debate and interesting discussion. We welcome hard questions, but will block off all profanity and abusive language. In short, don't use language you wouldn't use in front of your mother. :)

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