SABAK BERNAM: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin want the planned Bersih 5 rally at Dataran Merdeka on Nov 19 to be called off.
Jamal warned that his members would “retaliate” against Bersih if they were kurang ajar (rude) while Khairy wanted the roads leading to the venue to be closed off.
Jamal said the Red Shirts would gather on that day or wherever the Bersih members did.
“Kami berikrar dan menentang mereka habis-habisan. Kami tidak akan teragak-agak untuk melakukan apa saja, walaupun sanggup bermandikan darah. (We swear to fight them to the end. We are prepared to do anything, even shedding blood),” he was quoted as saying during a press conference at the Sungai Besar Umno hall here yesterday.
Earlier, he launched the Red Shirts NGO gathering for the Sungai Besar parliamentary constituency in conjunction with the Bersih 5 gathering.
Jamal said his group would respect the law if Bersih did so as well.
“If they gather properly in a stadium, we will too.
“But if they kurang ajar, we will be 10 times better than them. We will step on them,” he said, and claimed that 300,000 Red Shirts members were expected at the rally.
“Bersih is an illegal group and we are curious as to where they get their funding all these years,” he said.
“It is clear that Bersih is politically motivated and all their agenda is nothing more than to topple the Barisan Nasional government that was democratically elected,” he added.
At a separate event, Khairy asked the authorities to shut down the roads leading to Dataran Merdeka to thwart Bersih protesters from reaching the square.
A Malay daily quoted him as saying that the move would prevent untoward incidents from taking place.
He said during the Bersih 3 rally in April 2012, violence occurred when police cars were overturned and shops broken into.
“The police can also take other necessary measures,” Khairy said at a press conference in Hulu Terengganu on Saturday.
He argued that the Red Shirts emerged as a reaction to Bersih 5 and that if there were no Bersih 5, the Red Shirts would not hold demonstrations.
“The Red Shirts only want to show that they are against Bersih. If Bersih did not do anything, for sure the Red Shirts would not do anything either, so the onus is on Bersih.
“The best way is to not allow the Bersih 5 gathering to take place,” he was reported as saying.
Khairy said action would be taken against any Umno Youth member who took part in Bersih as the group opposed Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.