KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has been appointed as the new president of the Pure Life Society.

Ambiga will be replacing Datin Paduka Dr A. Mangalam, who died recently, News Straits Times reported.

Her appointment was announced in a Facebook posting by Hindu Sevai Sangam, which congratulated Ambiga on her appointment.


“Congratulations to Datuk Dr Ambiga Sreenevasan on her appointment as the new president of Shuddha Samajam (Pure Life Society).

“May the Almighty shower His blessings on her and give her the strength and determination to carry out her duty successfully,” the post read.

“Mother” Mangalam, who co-founded Pure Life Society and was its life president, died on June 10.


Ambiga, 67, who has an outstanding background as a lawyer and human rights advocate, is also a recipient of the US International Women of Courage Award in 2009.

She was also the president of the Malaysian Bar Council from 2007 to 2009, and a former co-chairman of the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, better known as Bersih.

Ambiga attended Convent Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur, where she also served as head prefect in 1975 and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Exeter in 1979.