Group says 300,000 are committed to march and ‘thanks’ Bersih 4 for carrying on with its illegal rally as it resulted in the Malays uniting against them.
PETALING JAYA: The Red Shirts rally will go on come what may despite the deputy Inspector-General of Police already saying it will not allow the rally to take place on September 16.
From a report on Malay Mail Online, the chairman of Gabungan NGO-NGO Malaysia, Jamal Md Yunos, was quoted by Utusan Malaysia, an advocate for the rally, as saying, “Whatever the obstacle, be it a storm, rain or earthquake, this rally will happen.”
He also “thanked” the organisers of the Bersih 4 rally for helping unite the Malays against them after they insulted the Malay leadership.
“We must ‘thank’ the Bersih 4 illegal rally because through that rally which brought many slogans insulting the Malay leadership, it has lead to the Malays uniting for this September 16 rally.”
However in a report in The Star Online, deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the police would not allow such a rally to take place.
“What is clear is that we won’t allow it,” he said, citing safety concerns but added that if at all it did proceed, the police would do all in their power to ensure the rally did not disrupt public peace.
Jamal however said he saw no reason for the police to ban it, given that Bersih 4 went ahead despite a declaration that it was illegal.
He also claimed in Utusan Malaysia that the pleas of Malay traders along Masjid India, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Dataran Merdeka to stop the August 29-30 Bersih 4 rally, fell on deaf ears and their businesses suffered as a result of it.
Claiming the Bersih 4 rally was DAP-controlled, Jamal continued, “All this while we have kept quiet not because we are not angry but we listen to the instructions of the authorities who are abiding by the law against holding protests.
“But this time, we will not bow down, we will rally. Many police reports were lodged against this rally including by DAP leaders,” he said, asking why the DAP was concerned over the Red Shirts rally when it was they who had triggered it with their “dirty” rally that “insulted the Malays”.
The rally, that falls on Malaysia Day, will see Malay supporters wearing Red Shirts marching down the streets of Kuala Lumpur and gathering peacefully at Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street. The rally is to last for 12 hours.