Ja­mal punched in the face

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Sun­gai Be­sar Umno divi­sion chief Datuk Seri Ja­mal Yunos was al­legedly punched in the face dur­ing a Red Shirts gath­er­ing in Am­pang yes­ter­day.

In the 4.25pm in­ci­dent, Ja­mal and his red shirt sup­port­ers got into a scuf­fle with Am­pang MP Zu­raida Ka­marud­din at the Am­pang Point mall as she and Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat mem­bers were pro­mot­ing the Nov 19 Ber­sih rally. Ja­mal claimed he was punched in the face by a Ber­sih sup­porter.

Po­lice were on hand to pre­vent the sit­u­a­tion from es­ca­lat­ing.

Ja­mal had an­nounced pre­vi­ously that the Red Shirts will hold a large-scale assem­bly this Satur­day in re­sponse to the Ber­sih 5 gath­er­ing.

Mean­while, po­lice have is­sued a fi­nal warn­ing to or­gan­is­ers of the Ber­sih 5 rally to call off the gath­er­ing sched­uled at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19. The warn­ing also ap­plies to the Red Shirts.

Bukit Aman In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity and Pub­lic Or­der di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Muham­mad Sabtu Osman said if the groups still go ahead with the rally, then po­lice would adopt its own strate­gies to ad­dress it.

“They will have to face the con­se­quences if they go ahead,” he told re­porters af­ter clos­ing the IGP Karate Tro­phy cham­pi­onship here yes­ter­day.

Muham­mad Sabtu said the rally is on a Satur­day when peo­ple are out shop­ping and go­ing about their busi­ness.

“There are other ways to air their views. Just as a pre­cau­tion, some roads will be closed to traf­fic,” he said, adding that the rally will not only cause in­con­ve­nience to road users and mem­bers of the pub­lic but also tar­nish the im­age of the coun­try.

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