KUALA LUMPUR: The 'red shirt' rally next Wednesday will be attended by some 30,000 members from 250 non-governmental organisations, said the coalition's chairman Datuk Jamal Yunos (pic).
He said the NGOs had declared their suppport for the Malay Dignity Uprising rally to be held at Padang Merbok on Malaysia Day.
He said the representatives of the NGOs attended a meeting at the Sultan Sulaiman Club on Thursday in showing solidarity for the rally, organised by the National Silat Federation (Pesaka).
"We will gather at various checkpoints around Bukit Bintang at 11am before marching to Padang Merbok at 3pm.
"The agreement is to wear red shirts with 'Maruah Melayu' (Malay dignity) printed on them," he told reporters on Thursday.
Jamal, the Sungei Besar Umno division chief, said 3,000 of its members will join the rally, adding that he had contacted PAS to discuss about the Islamist party joining the rally.
Earlier in the day, Selangor PAS had said that it will bar members from joining the rally.
Acknowledging that it was up to the police to approve the rally, Jamal said Pesaka had applied to City Hall for permission to use Padang Merbok near Dataran Merdeka.
"This will be a peaceful gathering. We will not be rioting or committing crimes.
"If traders want to set up their businesses at Padang Merbok, they can. What we want to do is unite Malays to protect the constitution.
"We want to celebrate Malaysia Day by wearing red. It is up to the police to give us permission," he explained.
Jamal said 20 lawyers have been put on standby in the eventuality of an arrest or to assist in other legal matters. "We are confident more lawyers will volunteer in the coming days," he said.