PETALING JAYA: The red shirt rally planned for today has run into problems with Datuk Jamal Md Yunos (pic), the man who had threatened a riot in Petaling Street, being arrested and another leader Mohd Ali Baharom backtracking on his vow to “attack the place every week”.
Jamal, the Sungai Besar Umno chief, was arrested by a team from the Dang Wangi police station at 9pm yesterday, according to his secretary Durrany Izam.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad confirmed that he had been arrested under Section 105 of the Criminal Procedure Code over his alleged threat to cause a riot.
Earlier in the day, Jamal had disassociated himself from the rally and said he would not be there today.
“I am not involved, and I am not going to be in Petaling Street,” he said, adding that he did not know if others would gather.
On Friday, Jamal had said he had been present at the Sept 16 rally as just a middleman.
“The police asked me to help disperse the crowd and that is all I did,” he said, adding that he did not organise either rally.
However, Mohd Ali Baharom or Ali Tinju, who claimed to be one of the organisers, said there would be no backing down. Instead, he promised more attacks.
“We will attack Petaling Street every week until shoplots are allocated to Malays and Indians,” said Mohd Ali yesterday.
It was later reported in a portal that he, too, had called off the rally. However, he did not rule out a rally today.
“We can’t guarantee there won’t be a rally tomorrow. If there is, it’s not from us,” he is reported to have said.
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