Ja­mal ex­plains poor turnout of Red Shirts

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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