Jamal explains poor turnout of Red Shirts
SHAH ALAM: The poor turnout of Red Shirts supporters on Saturday was because they were blocked from entering the city, said the group’s leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos.
Quizzed by a reporter on why there were only around 4,000 Red Shirts at the rally, Jamal said the number could have been higher.
“That’s what you saw, you only saw 4,000 but there were many others who were barred from coming into the city on that day.
“There were people stuck in Titiwangsa, then there were those who were barred from entering Masjid Negara,” he said.
He added that the crowd would have swelled had circumstances been different.
“Had I not been arrested on Friday, I guarantee you that there would have been more than 300,000 Red Shirts at the rally,” he told a press conference at the Selangor secretariat building yesterday.
When asked if the Red Shirts would foot the clean-up bill for the rubbish scattered at Padang Merbok, Jamal said he would foot the cost.
“Yes, of course. I will pay for it if billed. In fact, I will double whatever amount they (City Hall) charge us. We wanted to clean up on that day, but we were chased away by the authorities, so we could not,” he added.