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Saturday June 25, 2011

Group: Bersih demo will be bad for business

KUALA LUMPUR: The planned illegal Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 will tarnish the country's image while local traders and those in the tourism business will suffer losses.

The Federal Territory MCA 1Malaysia Task Force said it was unnecessary for the Bersih 2.0 coalition to hold a street demonstration when the Election Commission was willing to listen to their demands.

“Bersih should use proper and legal channels to resolve problems instead of taking it to the streets.

The demonstration will affect our country's economy, tarnish our peace-loving image and drive away tourists,” said the task force leader Banie Chin Yen Foo during a gathering in front of their MCA division office at Taman Maluri, Cheras, yesterday.

When asked if the task force was also against the rallies held by Umno Youth and Perkasa on the same day, he said it was against any form of illegal demonstration held by any organisation.

The group shouted “Say no to illegal street demo” while holding banners that said “We want peace” and “Street demo is not our culture”.

He said many businessmen and shop owners had voiced their dissatisfaction towards Bersih's plan to go ahead with its rally.

Business owner and hotelier Rajasekaran Teagarajan said he was concerned that such demonstrations would be “detrimental” to his family businesses, including K Hotel and shops at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

“The roads leading to the city will be blocked, hindering the public from visiting our shops,” said Rajasekaran, who came to show his support of the MCA's call.

Against illegal rallies : Federal Territory MCA 1Malaysia Task Force posing with placards and a banner during the press conference in Cheras yesterday.

Later, the task force lodged a police report at the Cheras police station to urge the police to take immediate action against Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali for his alleged “threat” against the Chinese community on Sunday when he called for them to stock up on food for July 9.

However, Ibrahim has denied it, claiming that an online news portal had “twisted his statement”.

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