Red shirts plan more counter-ral­lies

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AMAR SHAH MOHSEN

PETAL­ING JAYA: The Datuk Ja­mal Yunos-led Red Shirts may hold gath­er­ings in Pu­tra­jaya, KLIA and klia2, aside from the Kuala Lumpur city cen­tre, to counter the Ber­sih 5 rally on Nov 19.

The Sun­gai Be­sar Umno di­vi­sion chief said he had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from sources that elec­toral watch­dog Ber­sih 2.0 plans to hold demon­stra­tions there.

“Aside from Dataran Merdeka and sur­round­ing ar­eas, we will also sub­mit a per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion to gather in th­ese three places, be­cause this is what Ber­sih plans to do. Wher­ever Ber­sih goes, we will also be there.

“I have re­ceived de­tailed in­for­ma­tion from Ber­sih meet­ings, we have our agents. So th­ese are the places they plan to hold their ral­lies,” he told theSun yes­ter­day.

When con­tacted, Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah, how­ever, de­nied the claim, say­ing: “Please don’t lis­ten to ru­mours.”

Ja­mal ex­plained that the gath­er­ing this week­end was only to ad­dress rep­re­sen­ta­tives from NGOs na­tion­wide on prepa­ra­tions for the Nov 19 mam­moth rally, which he claimed would gather over 300,000 red shirt par­tic­i­pants.

Mean­while in PETAL­ING JAYA, Maria Chin is dis­ap­pointed over Umno Youth chief Khairy Ja­malud­din’s call for a clam­p­down on the Ber­sih 5 rally set for Nov 19.

Khairy, who is also youth and sports min­is­ter, urged the po­lice to block ac­cess to Dataran Merdeka for the fifth in­stal­ment of the Ber­sih rally, as well as en­sure that no marches take place from the lo­ca­tions iden­ti­fied.

“If so, then it will be back to where it started (clam­p­down on peace­ful assem­bly). It is very dis­ap­point­ing that this is com­ing from the min­is­ter,” she told theSun yes­ter­day.

Khairy was also quoted by a lo­cal Malay daily as say­ing that the red shirt counter-rally would not take place if Ber­sih de­cides to aban­don its plan for the gath­er­ing in Dataran Merdeka.

Maria Chin, how­ever, in­sisted that ev­ery­body has the right to as­sem­ble and that it is just a mat­ter of how they con­duct them­selves and co­op­er­ate with the po­lice.

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