Umno Youth and Perkasa agree to cancel march if coalition calls off rally

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  • Tuesday, 05 Jul 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Both Umno Youth and Malay rights group Perkasa have pledged to call off their rallies on July 9 – provided Bersih 2.0 cancels its planned march.

Umno Youth’s Patriot Movement, which is organising the rally, warned however that they would still gather to oppose the Bersih 2.0 rally, should they go ahead.

“We heed the King’s call and respect his wishes.

“We will stand down on our gathering and call on Bersih 2.0 to do likewise,” its co-chairman Datuk Azeez Rahim said here yesterday.

However, he warned that the movement – made up of several non-governmental bodies, Putera Umno and Umno Youth – would not hesitate to gather against Bersih 2.0 if it proceeded with its rally.

“We will consider their action treasonous if they defy the King’s call and will come out to oppose them,” he said.

Patriot’s chief coordinator Datuk Reezal Merican Naina Merican said its aim was to defend the institution of the King and the country from turmoil.

He also warned that the Patriot movement had a large number of supporters who could “turn out in full force”.

He added that it was however not against Bersih 2.0 holding its rally in a stadium.

In Petaling Jaya, Malay rights group Perkasa said it would decide on Wednesday if it would call off its own rally.

“It will depend on Bersih 2.0 to cancel or go ahead. We respect and welcome the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Sultan of Pahang’s call for peace but the question remains if Bersih 2.0 will continue to march on that day,” its chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali said yesterday.

He said Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk S. Ambiga must respect the King’s advice and follow the right procedures in order to seek a Royal audience.

“She should take a cooling-off period before making the next step.

“If she does not heed the King’s advice, she will be committing treason,” he said.

“We may also protest peacefully in a controlled environment like a stadium to avoid any untoward incident,” he said.

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