KUALA LUMPUR: It was business as usual at Petaling Street on Saturday despite a planed rally by the “red-shirts.”
Several traders had opened their stalls as early as 10am, with tourist and shoppers also seen there.
There also a strong police presence in the area with several police trucks seen in the vicinity.
Traffic was however gridlocked along Petaling Street and the vicinity of central market as well as Dataran Merdeka according to Star Radio Group's traffic team.
It was reported that the red shirt rally planned for today has run into problems with Datuk Jamal Md Yunos, the man who had theatened 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.
However, Mohd Ali Baharom or Ali Tinju, who claimed to be one of the organisers, said there would be no backing down and promised more attacks.It was later reported in a portal that he, too, had called off the rally. However, he did not rule out a rally today.
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