Ali Tinju: No rally today, 'red shirts' being defamed


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Sep 2015

PETALING JAYA: Photos and messages of a red-shirt rally reportedly being held in the city have been circulating on social media but organisers say there is nothing happening. 

Malay Army Veterans Association president Mohd Ali Baharom, better known as Ali Tinju, said that the so-called red-shirt rally on Sunday was not true, adding that there were some quarters trying to “defame” the NGOs which would be part of the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu (People’s Unity Gathering) on Sept 16. 

“Do not believe whatever that is circulating on social media and WhatsApp. There are some people who are trying to provoke things. 

“If there are people gathered at Low Yat Plaza and Bukit Bintang today, I urge the police and Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) to take action,” he said. 

The roads were all clear in Bukit Bintang area on Sunday morning.

Photos of motorists wearing red T-shirts have been going viral but it was confirmed that few NGOs organised a motorcycle convoy in Titiwangsa to promote the rally. 

Malay Islam NGOs joint-secretary Durrany Izam said the convoy went around Titiwangsa and did not even go to Bukit Bintang or Low Yat Plaza. 

“Those are just rumours. If we are organising anything, we will text the media. For now, we will be part of the rally on Sept 16 - that is it,” he said. 

On Saturday, it was confirmed that there would only be one rally on Sept 16 organised by the National Silat Federation or Pesaka. 

However, those taking part may come in different coloured shirt and not just red or black, the colour to be worn by Pesaka members. 

The organiser of the proposed red-shirt rally has now agreed to follow Pesaka’s lead and gather at Padang Merbok here. 

The group came to the decision following Pesaka president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam’s statement that the federation would go ahead with their rally to protect the sanctity of the National Principles (Rukun Negara).

 

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