DPM: No ral­lies

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KAREN ARUKESAMY AND AMAR SHAH MOHSEN

KUALA LUMPUR: Both Ber­sih 2.0 and the Red Shirts group were yes­ter­day urged to call off their ral­lies to pre­vent any clashes be­tween the two.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said if one of them stops, the other would fol­low suit.

“You see, if there is no yel­low (rally), there will be no red (rally). If there is no (Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man) Maria Chin (Ab­dul­lah), there will surely be no (Red Shirts leader Datuk) Ja­mal Yunos.

“So, I urge both the red and yel­low groups to find a bet­ter chan­nel to ad­dress is­sues than to or­gan­ise ral­lies,” he said in his wind­ing-up speech on the 2017 Bud­get de­bate.

Ah­mad Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, was re­spond­ing to an in­ter­jec­tion by Ramkarpal Singh ( DAP- Bukit Gel­u­gor), who ques­tioned why no ac­tion was taken against Ja­mal, who had openly threat­ened to use vi­o­lence against Ber­sih 5 par­tic­i­pants and or­gan­is­ers.

Ramkarpal had also ques­tioned whether the lack of ac­tion against Ja­mal was due to any links be­tween the min­istry and him.

Last week, it was re­ported that Ja­mal had said the Red Shirts group “will not hes­i­tate to do any­thing to stop the Ber­sih rally” even if they were to “bathe in blood”.

Ja­mal had planned a rally this Satur­day in protest against the Ber­sih 5 rally for elec­toral re­form, which is to be held on Nov 19.

“Is the min­istry propos­ing any im­me­di­ate ac­tion to pre­vent any un­wanted sit­u­a­tion and ar­rest him?” Ramkarpal said.

Ah­mad Zahid said both groups should ad­here to the laws and reg­u­la­tions by can­celling the ral­lies fol­low­ing KL Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Ab­dul Aziz’s state­ment that the or­gan­is­ers will not be al­lowed to use Dataran Merdeka as the venue.

He had also re­futed claims that the min­istry had any link with Ja­mal and that the po­lice would take se­ri­ous ac­tion against both groups i f t hey vi olate any

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