Ja­mal: We’re not gang­sters

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“I can­not tell you now which road will be closed be­cause the yel­low shirts said they want to gather near Dataran. Where is that? The Red Shirts also want to fol­low, but where? We do not know.”

He said it is dif­fi­cult for the po­lice to make prepa­ra­tions and en­sure safety be­cause of the vague in­for­ma­tion.

Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Ja­mal Yunos had an­nounced the Red Shirts would hold a large-scale assem­bly in re­sponse to the Ber­sih 5 gath­er­ing.

Ja­mal, who ac­knowl­edged the IGP’s warn­ing as part of po­lice re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure pub­lic safety, said his men are pre­pared for any even­tu­al­ity this Satur­day.

“We are pre­pared to face any­thing, not only po­lice ac­tion ... even put our lives on the line for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he told theSun.

He said the Red Shirts “would have no choice” but to gather and re­tal­i­ate if Ber­sih pro­ceeds with its rally.

“We have promised ... if there is no yel­low, then there will be no red. If they con­tinue, then I can't guar­an­tee any­body’s safety.

“We are not gang­sters or look­ing for trou­ble, we just want our coun­try to re­main peace­ful,” he added.

Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah, when con­tacted, said al­though she viewed Khalid’s state­ment as fair warn­ing, she sees no ne­ces­sity for the po­lice to use tear gas on Ber­sih sup­port­ers, cit­ing their past peace­ful assem­blies.

“We are go­ing to be peace­ful, as we have al­ways been in pre­vi­ous ral­lies. As far as the Red Shirts are con­cerned, if they want to gather, then gather in peace. Don’t show vi­o­lence and gang­ster­ism.

“We will not clash with them, let’s be clear. It’s they who will clash with us. We are not here to fight. The is­sue is the Red Shirts,” she added.

Mean­while, Parti Amanah Ne­gara sec­re­tary-gen­eral Mohd Anuar Tahir said about 30,000 of its mem­bers and sup­port­ers will join the rally on Satur­day.

He said apart from mo­bil­is­ing sup­port­ers, the party has also as­signed 55 lawyers known as “Ur­gent Ar­rest Team” and 50 med­i­cal of­fi­cers (ARIF Med­i­cal Team) for the rally.

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