10 November 2015
How Felda mobilised 10,000 for ‘red shirt’ rally
Answers provided to Parliament have given tantalising clues on how Felda mobilised 10,000 settlers for the ‘red shirt’ rally in Kuala Lumpur.
According to DAP’s Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, the government agency that helps rural poor open up new settlements held a rally in conjunction with Malaysia Day celebrations on Sept 16.
The settlers were told that Felda was holding the rally in the capital city as part of a community programme to encourage patriotism and instilling gratefulness among the settlers over their good fortune.
“However, as is publicly known, Sept 16 this year was the red shirt rally,” said Teo.
“Was the Felda settlers rally purposely held on the same day to boost the numbers of the red shirt rally?” she asked.
The total number of Felda settlers who joined the rally was estimated to be 10,000, according to the parliamentary reply, she said.
This means that about 10,000 Felda settlers joined the red shirt rally, she surmised. Many of the settlers were transported to Kuala Lumpur in buses.
About RM1mil spent
Teo also lambasted government-backed Village Development and Security Committee (JKKR) and the Coalition of Women’s Movement (GPW) for giving RM925,000 to fund the ‘Felda rally’.
“That money should have been used for the public good, not for political purposes…,” she said.
30 October 2015
Police seek nine from
#RedShirt rally to assist probe http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/10/police-seek-nine-red-shirt-rally-assist-probe … #nst170
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are seeking nine people to facilitate investigation into the Red Shirt rally that took place here on Sept 16.
Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Zainol Samah said these include several couples who brought their underaged children to the protest, and several protesters who had allegedly made seditious speeches.
“Several of them had violated the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 by taking underaged children to the protest, while several others had uttered seditious remarks.
“Police urge these individuals to come to the Dang Wangi police headquarters as soon as possible for their statement to be recorded,” he said.
18 September 2015
‘Red shirt’ rally only to save Najib, not Malay dignity, say Umno grassroots
‘Red shirt’ rally only to save Najib, not Malay dignity, say Umno grassroots http://bit.ly/1il80c7
Several Umno grassroots members, disgruntled over the racially tinged “red shirt” rally on Wednesday, said the event was to help Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak maintain his grip on power and had nothing to do with upholding Malay dignity.
Speaking to The Malaysian Insider yesterday, they said the gathering was a front put up by Umno loyalists to show that Najib, who has been rocked by several scandals, still enjoyed the support of party members.
“At the same time, the rally was also to find a scapegoat for the troubles that Najib and the party are facing.
“Najib and his loyalists are trying hard to look for a scapegoat,” Keliang Umno branch member Moohamad Faizal Abdul Raub said, referring to the attacks against opposition party DAP and the Chinese in general.
Najib justifies green light for ‘red shirt’ rally
Najib justifies green light for ‘red shirt’ rally http://bit.ly/1iB0RVQ
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today sought to justify the green light his government gave to the “red shirt” rally on Wednesday, after the international media highlighted it as an “anti-Chinese demonstration”.
Najib said unlike the Bersih 4 rally, which he had earlier denounced as “shallow-minded” and “demo-crazy”, the September 16 “Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu” had no intention of toppling the government.
He said despite being declared illegal, the authorities did not stop Bersih 4 from taking place on August 29 and 30.
“At the same time, there are those who question the authorities’ decision for allowing the ‘red shirt’ group to rally,” said Najib, in an audio clip uploaded on his blog.
“I was informed by the police that this was because, first, they did not intend to overthrow the government, second, there were no preparations to march to the place where they wished to demonstrate, and third, they received permission from DBKL.”
However, in the run-up to the rally, the organisers had voiced their intention to march to Padang Merbok from various meeting points around Bukit Bintang.
The rally saw racially charged remarks and placards, with tense moments when participants were upset over questions posed by some journalists.
Riot police were also forced to use water cannon to stop rowdy protesters from entering Petaling Street.
Malay Mail Online
Look in the mirror, Petaling Street traders tells #Merah169 leader
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 ― Infractions that Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos claims are rampant in Petaling Street exist all over Malaysia, traders there said after the #Merah169 leader vowed to send enforcers after them.
Business owners met there by Malay Mail Online said Jamal was free to lodge a complaint against them with the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, but invited him to also do them same in areas such as the Puchong night market and the Uptown Cheras bazaar.
Jamal, who heads the Coalition of Malay NGOs that took part in the red shirt rally on Wednesday, said he will demand the ministry take enforcement action in Petaling Street over what he alleged to be the open selling of pornographic DVDs and counterfeits.
“If they want to go and complain, complain-la. But they need to be fair, go to their places also-la, like Uptown and pasar malam (night market) first,” said a bag vendor Eddie Lau who has been operating at Petaling Street for over 15 years.
A third-generation soya bean drink seller, Ng Lee Yam, said it was preposterous that the “Red Shirt” rally singled out Petaling Street when the whole country has similar business areas that sell the same products.
“I think they are picking on Petaling because this place has been around for many years and is very popular. Not just among locals but has become a tourist site. Why they don’t do this rally/protest at other places, why just here? “ the 54-year-old questioned when speaking to Malay Mail Online today.
17 September 2015
Begging for benefit. This is typical BN supporter
Annuar Musa admits paying rally participants
KUALA LUMPUR: Admitting that he was a racist Islamically, Ketereh MP Annuar Musa said he paid participants of Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu to attend the red shirt rally at Padang Merbok yesterday.
He said that he was being racial as guided by Islam.
“Who was the one who made this country open to other races? It was the Malays. If the Malays didn’t agree, this country wouldn’t be multiracial.
“If that is considered racial, then yes, I am racial,” he said at the rally yesterday.
Annuar said that being racial is endorsed in Islam as long as one is not being cruel towards other races.
“This rally, if you say, it’s racist, yes. What are you scared of? Islam has put in place guidelines, what is not allowed is racism that is cruel towards other races.
“When have the Malays been cruel towards other races? We share this country, we shared citizenship. We share all our rights,” he said.
Annuar also admitted paying participants of the red shirt rally and questioned who will come without any payment.
He, however, claimed that Bersih paid their participants even more.
“Yes, we paid our participants; there’s nothing to hide. But Bersih paid them more,” he said.
“Many government officials and the ruling party’s leaders also joined the rally.”
Overseas, red shirts rally seen as ‘anti-Chinese demo’
Overseas, red shirts rally seen as ‘anti-Chinese demonstration’ https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/312648
Several overseas Chinese-language media including Taiwan’s Apple Daily, China Times, Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily, Yahoo Hong Kong, ifeng.com, and China’s Sohu.com, today reported the red shirts rally as “anti-Chinese demonstrations”.
“Anti-Chinese demonstrations burst again in Malaysia. More than 30,000 ethnic Malays go on streets to back Prime Minister Najib (Abdul Razak), who is now caught in a financial scandal, alleging the Chinese are aiming to topple the government.
“Many protesters attempted to break into Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, but were dispersed by the police’s water cannons,” Apple Daily reported.
“Many government officials and the ruling party’s leaders also joined the rally.
“Protesters called upon Malays to be united, and condemned ethnic Chinese party leaders who had initiated a large anti-Najib rally last month, which (the protesters claimed) was aimed at abolishing the special rights of Malays,” the newspaper added.
China Times reported that ethnic tension has a long history in Malaysia, as anti-Chinese riots had taken place in 1964 and 1969, with the 1964 riots leading to Singapore leaving Malaysia for independence.
Yahoo Hong Kong quoted from AFP, reporting a 23-year-old protester saying: “The Malay lifestyle is being threatened now. We want to support Najib, a Malay, to warn the Chinese.”
The news portal added this protester was brought from rural areas by Umno to join the rally.
‘What’s wrong with Cina Babi, Chinese eat pork’
‘What’s wrong with Cina Babi, Chinese eat pork’, Jamal Yunos says https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/312628
Sungai Besar Umno division leader Jamal Md Yunos has offered a gastronomic argument to counter claims that the term ‘Cina Babi‘ (Chinese pig) is insulting to the Chinese community.
Asking all quarters not to exploit the matter, he said the term ‘babi‘ is only offensive to Malays, as consuming pork is forbidden in Islam.
“You need to listen to the whole thing, not just a few words. Don’t make that (Cina Babi) an issue; for Malays the word pig is sensitive.
“But for the Chinese what is the problem? It is their food,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
He was responding to questions on protesters at yesterday’s red shirt rally using the term on Chinese reporters.
Jamal: Chinese must share Petaling Street spoils with Malays
Jamal: Chinese must share Petaling Street spoils with Malays https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/312626
Malay traders should be allowed to do business on Petaling Street so that the place would not be perceived as being ‘racist’, said Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos.
He concluded that after yesterday’s scuffle between the red shirts and the police outside the iconic shopping street, it is time for the Chinese to “share” what was theirs.
“Ten years ago, I applied for a spot in Petaling Street but it was not granted.
“It is better for the authorities and City Hall not to be racist. This is what we call ‘racist’, as all the traders are Chinese. What’s wrong with adding a few Malay traders?
“We said we need to share. But they (Chinese) don’t want to. Only we share ours,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
Red shirt rally not racist, only to ‘teach a lesson’
The ‘Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu’ yesterday was not racist, according to Umno supreme council member Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin, who said the rally did not touch on sensitivities of other races and faiths.
The web portal Umno-Online quoted him as saying that the rally was only to “teach a lesson” to those who try to cause trouble with the Malays, especially the Islamic religion.
“This peaceful rally is not because of religious or racial differences, but is to teach a lesson to irresponsible parties so not to stir trouble with the Malays, especially Islam.
“This rally is also a historical moment in uniting Malays. Malays have done this before in 1946 to thwart British plans (to form the Malayan Union) and to found Umno, and now that Malays and Islam are challenged, we rise again to voice our stance and our feelings.
“So everyone should be tolerant to one another, be willing to integrate, and understand the feelings of others. This country is made of a variety of races and religions, so we should respect one another,” he reportedly said.
Don’t provoke Malays, Muslims
Mohd Sharkar also claimed that the participation at the rally exceeded 100,000 people, and slammed ‘opposition’ media for underreporting the figures.
He also urged other races not to challenge or provoke Malays or Muslims.
MB: Racist slogans Umno’s best way to restore Malay dignity?
Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said he felt only shame, not pride, at seeing the red shirts rally yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.
“Words cannot describe the sense of shame and disgust that I felt seeing Malays in red shirts – men and women alike – chanting racist slogans and expressions of contempt and hatred
“Is this Umno’s best idea of restoring Malay dignity?” said Azmin in a statement today.
“Bussing in thousands of Felda settlers and party members from the states and setting them loose […].
“Is this Umno’s best idea of shoring up support for the prime minister?
“Whipping up anti-Chinese, anti-DAP sentiment and engaging in acts of provocation like marching to Low Yat and Petaling Street?” he asked.
Azmin, who is also PKR deputy president, then slammed Umno supreme council member Annuar Musa’s speech that racism was allowed in Islam.
“By saying that racism is in line with Islamic teachings and that such a rally, even though racist, is endorsed by the religion, they have added insult to injury and have committed great dishonour to Islam and Malay dignity,” he said.
Azmin said all the leaders involved in the rally have sullied themselves for not treating all races with dignity and respect.
“They should be seized with remorse and overcome by shame – if there is any self-respect left in them,” he added.
Utusan slams news portals for being anti-red shirts
Malay daily Utusan Malaysia hit out at news portals Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider (TMI) for allegedly not supporting the Malay community’s right to peaceful assembly.
In its online edition, the Umno-owned daily also accused the two agencies of “double standards” in its reporting of yesterday’s red shirts rally or ‘Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu’.
“Malaysiakini and TMI stand is confusing because they support the illegal Bersih 4 rally, but at the same time does not recognise the Malays’ right to peaceful assembly,” it said.
Among others, it said the two portals coverage played up negative aspects to belittle the “lawful” Sept 16 rally.
Utusan said Malaysiakini and TMI also painted a “false image” that the rally was meant to create chaos and stoke racial tensions.
Some 50,000 protesters in red flooded downtown Kuala Lumpur yesterday and made their way towards Padang Merbok.
How many were there? Padang Merbok can take 30,000 with difficulty, so how did they pack 350,000?
Padang Merbok dibanjiri peserta Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu
16 September 2015
Ye memang sugguh aman…
Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu 16/9/2015
LIVE: ‘Traitors’ in red shirt crowd threw the stones and water bottles at police http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
Provocation, racial slurs mar ‘red shirts’ rally
Provocation, racism mar ‘red shirts’ rally https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/312526
While the rally at Padang Merbok was peaceful, violence broke out at Petaling Street where a group of almost 800 protesters tried to force their way into the predominantly Chinese business district, popularly known as Chinatown.
The tense stand-off between police guarding the area and the protesters clad in red T-shirts culminated into the firing of a water cannon by riot police. Three police officers and several protestors were injured in the scuffle.
Read Malaysiakini‘s live updates on the protest here.
LIVE: Jamal Yunos blames Pakatan for Petaling Street scuffle http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat chairperson Razali Idris declares the rally a success, estimating crowd to be 300K
HOW TO PACK 300,00 HERE?
#RedShirt rally: Protesters converge at Padang Merbok.
#RedShirt rally: Some of the protesters at Petaling Streets.
#RedShirt rally: Rally-goers converge on Bukit Bintang, Petaling Street (with video) http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/red-shirt-rally-rally-goers-converge-bukit-bintang-petaling-street-video …
Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat chairperson Razali Idris declares the rally a success, estimating crowd to be 300K
Tens of thousands rallied at Padang Merbok. LIVE updates: http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
Est. crowd of 40k at padang merbok. For live updates visit: http://bit.ly/916mkini
#RedShirt rally: Federal Reserve Unit monitoring the situation at Petaling Street.
FRU arrive at Petaling St to deal with the participants who want to enter cordoned area http://bit.ly/916mkini
#RedShirts also seen elsewhere
LIVE: Red shirts gather at Bukit Bintang despite police ban http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
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Correct. That’s why police gave approval of REDshirts n make Bersih4 illegal
You get the picture??
Why the hate for red shirt protestors? If bersih had the right to rally, so does everyone else no?
#UPDATE More than 20,000 turned up for #merah916 Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally. LIVE reports: http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
12:01pm: Datuk Ahmad Maslan has arrived at the National Mosque, greeted by cheers from more than 1,000 rally-goers.
#merah916 Dep Minister @ahmadmaslan at Jalan Conlay with the rally goers http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/my/ …
#RedShirt: Rally goers start gathering in KL http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/red-shirt-rally-goers-start-gathering-kl … #nst170
LIVE: This is ‘jihad’, says Pekida chief, as thousands gather in KL for ‘red shirt’ rally
LIVE: This is ‘jihad’, says Pekida chief, as thousands gather in KL for ‘red shirt’ rally http://bit.ly/1ig2wiM
Pekida president Jamaluddin Yusof described the ‘red shirt’ rally today as a “jihad” and said he expected 10,000 members from the Malay NGO to turn up today.
“Our members are not expecting any allowance for coming here today. We consider this a ‘jihad’ for the good of the country. We are carrying out our duty,” Jamaluddin told reporters at Padang Merbok, where the rally goers will gather.
“I don’t usually mobilise members to attend the rally, but since the police gave permission for this one to be held, Pekida will take part.”
Jamaluddin had disregarded the red shirt dress code and instead wore a black vest with the word Pekida and his name emblazoned on his chest.
He assured that the group was not interested in provoking any violence, despite the racial sentiments of the rally.
“Pekida does not like fights. We are thinking about what outsiders think of the country and Pekida.
“We do not want to be seen as gangsters. We will be polite and respectful.”
“Red shirts” outside UMNO HQ, one of the meeting points before heading to Padang Merbok for “counter-
Himpunan Maruah Melayu menjatuhkan maruah Melayu. Majoriti Melayu Malaysia menolak perkauman.
Bila wang dan tshirt jadi umpan utk meraih sokongan. Najib is such a loser.
Busloads of supporters have arrived at Jalan Conlay. Crowd is steadily building up.
LIVE: This is ‘jihad’, says Pekida chief, as thousands gather in KL for ‘red shirt’ rally http://bit.ly/1ig2wiM
#merah916 A group at Jalan Conlay seen carrying a banner, ‘Malaysia Melayu Punya’ http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
LIVE REPORTS: Convoy of 11 buses from Gua Musang http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
Don’t miss our LIVE reports today on
#merah916 here: http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
#Merah169 Crowd in red shirts gathering near the National Mosque (Masjid Negara). LIVE report: http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
#Merah169 Huge police presence in Bukit Bintang. LIVE reports here: http://live.malaysiakini.com/himpunanrakyatbersatu/en/ …
Places to avoid
Free Malaysia Today
Umno Penang commits 10,000 to Red Shirts rally tomorrow
Penang Umno chairman says he is happy to participate as the rally is legal unlike Bersih 4 which the chief minister attended despite it being declared illegal.
GEORGE TOWN: Some 10,000 Umno leaders and members from Penang will join the mammoth “Perhimpunan Rakyat Bersatu” or Red Shirts rally to be held at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Day tomorrow.
In announcing this today, Penang Umno chairman Zainal Abidin said feedback from party members revealed that many were interested to join the rally.
He revealed that rally organiser Persatuan Silat Kebangsaan (Pesaka) had invited Umno members to join the rally, which had been given the green light by the police.
“The members want to strongly voice their support for the federal government to continue its efforts to address economic issues and ensure the country moves forward to achieve developed status by 2020,” Zainal told a press conference.
Road closure for red shirt rally
By ZAHRATULHAYAT MAT ARIF – 15 September 2015 @ 1:26 PM
Road closure for red shirt rally http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/road-closure-red-shirt-rally …
KUALA LUMPUR: Several major roads in the city will be closed in stages for the red shirt rally happening at Padang Merbok here tomorrow.
Kuala Lumpur traffic police chief ACP Mohd Nadzri Hussain said the rally was expected to begin between 12pm and 6pm and the roads would be closed in stages, depending on the traffic flows.
The affected roads include Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Kinabalu, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, Dato Onn roundabout, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Kinabalu/Jalan Hishamuddin, Jalan Pudu/Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Raja, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Munsyi Abdullah/Jalan Dang Wangi, Sultan Mohammad roundabout, Jalan Damansara, Hishamuddin roundabout, Jalan Kuching/Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Conlay, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Leboh Ampang/Jalan Tun Perak and Jalan Sultan Ismail/Jalan Ampang.
Umno sets up urgent arrest team for Sept 16 rally
A unit under Umno’s Constitution and Legal Bureau has set up an urgent arrest team to assist those attending tomorrow’s Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally in Kuala Lumpur.
The team of lawyers from the Bona Fide Friends of Umno (BFF Umno) is offering free legal services on the day of the rally, as well as the first remand hearing for those arrested during the rally.
When contacted, the team coordinator Suzana Norlihan confirmed that BFF Umno is offering legal aid.
A letter circulated to rally-goers by BFF Umno include a list of do’s and don’ts for protestors at the rally, warning that her team’s assistance is no excuse to do as they wish.
“If the organiser and participants commit any offence under Malaysian law on that day, the police have the power to arrest or detain you,” she said.
Other don’ts for the rally’s participants include:
• Don’t provoke anyone, or respond to provocation.
• Don’t conduct any street protest, which is to make any protest or to advance any cause that could threaten a peaceful assembly.
• Don’t bring any minors below 15 years old.
• Don’t do anything that is not good or criminal.
If provoked, rally participants are urged not to respond except to record the incident and lodge a police report later.
More than 50% Malays don’t support ‘red shirt’ rally, poll shows
More than 50% Malays don’t support ‘red shirt’ rally, poll shows http://bit.ly/1is0Kf2
Most Malays do not support the “red shirt” rally to be held on Malaysia Day tomorrow, a survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center has found.
Only 24% of the 516 Malay respondents polled said they were in favour of the rally, which is “to redeem the honour of the race”.
The results reveal 53% of the respondents did not support it, while 22% were unsure. The survey was carried out between September 10 and noon of yesterday.
Merdeka Center said supporters of the rally were distinguished along gender, urban-rural as well as socio-economic lines.
The rally mostly drew support from males (31% in contrast to 17% women), those who are older (27% respondents above the age of 40 as opposed to 22% below 40) and those with Internet access (25% versus 22% without Internet access).
Interestingly, more half the respondents (56%) who professed to be Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters said they did not support the rally.
This was despite BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor urging all races who supported the government to join, while BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he would not prevent any Umno members from attending the rally.
About 60% opposition supporters and 51% of undecided voters said they were not in favour of the rally, said Merdeka Center.
Ali Tinju: 20,000 army vets ready for action tomorrow
Ali Tinju: army veterans ready for action tomorrow https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/312423
Some 20,000 army veterans will be present during the ‘red shirts rally’ tomorrow to guard against provocation by “DAP Chinese”.
Malaysian Army Veterans Association president Mohd Ali Baharom claimed that thousands of ex-army men will gather at undisclosed locations in Kuala Lumpur starting tonight and he said they will spring into action if there are clashes between the “DAP Chinese” and the ‘red shirts’ tomorrow.
“We support non-violence and no provocation but if it happens, it happens. We will take care of our 300,000 friends. If the DAP Chinese want to do provocation, I will instruct my boys to stand against them. I’m confident the cops alone could not handle the clashes.
“20,000 will arrive tonight. I don’t want to hear what the police said. This is our right,” he told reporters after a press conference at Jalan Conlay in Kuala Lumpur today.
Mohd Ali, or better known as Ali Tinju (photo), was seen during the Low Yat riot in July giving anti-Chinese speeches before mob clashes in the Bukit Bintang area.
He was then called in by the police and probed under the Sedition Act but with no action to date. He was also involved in infamou ‘butt dance’ exercise in front of former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan house in 2013.
You’re not defending Malays, Mahathir tells red shirts
You’re not defending Malays, Dr Mahathir tells red shirts – “Bersih 4 was not racist” https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/312336
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has rubbished the notion that the red shirts rallying tomorrow are defending the Malays or that Bersih 4 was racist.
“Bersih 4 was not racist, all races were there.
“They (red shirts) want Bersih to be racist so they can defend the Malays.
“(But) They are not defending the Malays. There is no need (for the rally),” Mahathir told reporters in Putrajaya today.
Asked if he expects there to be trouble, Mahathir replied: “I hope not.”
15 September 2015
Pro-Malay rally in KL ‘will not enter potential hot spots’
Organisers of tomorrow’s pro-Malay rally have assured the Malaysian police that their march would not encroach into potential “hot spots” such as Bukit Bintang or Petaling Street, which are predominantly Chinese business areas.
The United Citizens’ Gathering, also dubbed the Malay Dignity Gathering, was declared legal by national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar yesterday after the National Silat Federation (Pesaka), the official organiser, was given permission to use Padang Merbok, a field located away from Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District.
Sources said the authorities and those leading the rally had agreed on four meeting points – the National Mosque, the Federal Mosque, Putra World Trade Centre, where Umno’s headquarters are located, and the Craft Complex – for participants, who will end their march at Padang Merbok. None of the routes leads them into the two “flashpoints”.
“It will begin in the afternoon and end by sundown for Muslim prayers,” a source said of the rally, which the police and the government had initially said was illegal.
According to one source, the authorities expect about 90,000 people to turn up and have set aside nearly 2,000 parking spaces for buses.
Tan Sri Khalid, the Inspector- General of Police, said police would be deployed to ensure the safety of all in Kuala Lumpur. He urged Malaysians not to be taken in by rumours of non-Malays being told to stay away from the city.
Mall operators in Bukit Bintang have said it would be business as usual tomorrow, though some other traders said they might close their shops.
13 September 2015
No ‘red shirt’ rally today, say reports
Organisers of the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu or “red shirt” rally said no demonstration was being held today in the city, denying the spread of photographs and messages circulated on social media claiming that it had started early.
The Star Online, quoting Malay Army Veterans Association president Mohd Ali Baharom, or Ali Tinju, said that the so-called red-shirt rally today was not true.
He said the circulated images and messages appeared to be an attempt to “defame” the organisers of the rally, scheduled on this Wednesday.
“Do not believe whatever that is circulating on social media and WhatsApp. There are some people who are trying to provoke things,” he was reported as saying.
“If there are people gathered at Low Yat Plaza and Bukit Bintang today, I urge the police and Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) to take action,” he added.
Berita Harian reported today that there was a motorcycle convoy held around Kuala Lumpur yesterday, aimed at garnering support for the planned demonstration and also to prove that it will be peaceful.
Datuk Jamal Md Yunos, the leader of the Coalition of Malay NGOs, in the Malay daily report said that the 1,000 strong convoy went through Chow Kit, Dataran Merdeka and Bukit Bintang from 3pm to 6pm yesterday.
The bikers were wearing red t-shirts with the words “Bersih 4 Keamanan” (Bersih 4 Peace) printed on them and went around honking their motorcycle horns as they rode through the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the report said.
Red shirts at BB area?
Malay Mail Online
‘Red shirts’ hold city bike convoy to prove rally will be peaceful
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — A group linked to the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally this September 16 held a motorcycle convoy through the city yesterday, in a bid to prove that their planned demonstration will be peaceful.
Coalition of Malay NGOs chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos led the reportedly 1,000-strong convoy through the streets of Kuala Lumpur from 3pm to 6pm, honking their horns to draw support as they rode through Chow Kit, Dataran Merdeka and Bukit Bintang, according to Malay daily Berita Harian.
Let the red shirts rally without an audience
Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, is Secretary-General of the National Silat Federation (Pesaka) — the organiser of Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu.
He was recently elected OCM vice-president.
Malay Mail Online
OCM chief ‘shocked’ by silat group’s role in planning Sept 16 rally
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Imran Ja’afar expressed shock upon learning his vice-president was at the forefront of this Wednesday’s anti-Bersih rally at Padang Merbok.
Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin, who was recently elected OCM vice-president, also serves as secretary-general of the National Silat Federation (Pesaka) — the organiser of Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu.
“I am shocked … at a loss for words actually. Sports associations should not get involved in politics,” said Tunku Imran.
“I am unable to say more except that I will have to bring this up at our next meeting on Sept 22.”
Megat Zulkarnain insisted Pesaka had every right to organise the gathering as they wanted to promote “peace”. The gathering was in retaliation to the Bersih rally held recently.
He also revealed Pesaka was registered under the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and the Sports Development Act 1997 as it promoted “the Malay culture” and the sport.
Section 16 of the Act states any sports body registered under the Societies Act 1966 shall cease to be registered and apply to the Commissioner to be registered under the Sports Development Act to carry out sporting activities.
The silat federation enjoys funding from the Youth and Sports Ministry, through the National Sports Council, in hiring coaches and sending exponents for major competitions abroad.
Megat Zulkarnain had last month criticised a so-called silat demonstration by a “red shirt” group, who were seen breaking tiles and wood with their heads and body, claiming the group had tarnished the image of the sport.
He was then quoted as saying Pesaka members were discouraged from taking part in the rally and would not hesitate to protect the country if asked.
12 September 2015
Persekutuan Silat Kebangsaan (Pesaka) disassociates itself from the Red Shirts and Red September.
Persekutuan Silat Kebangsaan (Pesaka) president Ali Rustam today said that the rally organised by the group on Sept 16 has nothing to do with the Himpunan Maruah Melayu (Rally for Malay Dignity).
Therefore, Ali said those who want to incite racial violence should stay away from the Sept 16 rally by the silat group.
The Himpunan Maruah Melayu, dubbed the red shirt rally, is also planned on Sept 16 and was previously reported to be organised by the silat group.
“Those who are angry on a racial basis (marah perkauman) and want to create trouble, don’t come,” he said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
He said those who want to attend the silat rally need not wear red.
“You can wear anything you want […] All Malaysians are welcome,” the former Malacca chief minister said.
Malay Mail Online
Low Yat to beef up security on Sept 16, Bukit Bintang businesses also on alert
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Popular tech mall Low Yat Plaza that is rumoured to be a meeting point for the “red shirt” rally by Malay groups will reportedly increase security on September 16 when the gathering will be held.
According to Guang Ming Daily, the mall’s management on Thursday issued a notice asking tenants to operate as usual on the day of the rally, adding that it will increase its security personnel on the same day.
Most of the business operators interviewed by the paper said they will follow the mall management’s instructions and open as normal, despite predicting low numbers of customers due to concerns over the rally.
Guang Ming Daily said it is understood that a small number of vendors are opting against opening their stores, while one 27-year-old phone vendor said he will close up at the first sign of trouble.
Guang Ming Daily said that malls within shopping haven Bukit Bintang are expected to be operating as usual on the day of the rally.
The management of the Pavillion mall in the same tourist hotspot had a few days ago issued a notice to its tenants to say business operations will go as usual, but had said that the mall will temporarily be shuttered for safety reasons if the situation requires so, the paper said.
The Pavillion management also reminded business operators with outlets facing the Bukit Bintang roads to lock up their main doors on September 16 for security reasons, it reported.
Kenanga Wholesale City mall, located in the Pudu area near Petaling Street, said it will follow suit the traders in the street and pause business operations on September 16.
– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/low-yat-to-beef-up-security-on-sept-16-bukit-bintang-businesses-also-on-ale?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.jj971xS9.dpuf
Wedding dinners cancelled over red shirt rally concerns
Wedding dinners cancelled over red shirt rally concerns https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/312005
The red shirt rally slated for Sept 16 has caused jitters among Chinese restaurants in the city, which have advised their clients to reschedule their wedding dinners fixed for that date.
According to Oriental Daily, one such restaurant at Shaw Parade, Pudu, advised that two wedding dinners to be held on that day be postponed due to concerns the rally may turn unruly.
Too Hon Kwong, who owns the Hee Lai Ton Restaurant there, said concerns that the rally may turn chaotic may discourage those invited for the wedding dinners from turning up.
“If there were seats prepared for 100 guests, maybe only 70 may turn up.
“So we asked if couples were willing to change the dates of their wedding dinners and got their consent,” he said.
The report also quoted an affected newlywed who said he had surveyed among his friends and one-third said they may not come as they were worried about the situation.
“So after discussion with the restaurant, we decided to change the wedding dinner date,” the 31-year-old said.
He said the wedding reception had been planned for over a year and Sept 16 was chosen as it was an “auspicious” day, on top of coinciding with Malaysia Day.
China exclusive: by the “red shirts” call 916 rallies caused people worry about Zhong Zhong, apart from manpower problems faced by industry may be out of business and closed, original restaurant in Bukit Bintang area based wedding couple, and the rescheduled. Details read tonight/tomorrow, the Chinese newspaper
Free Malaysia Today
Red shirts invite all for anti-Chinese rally
The objective is to preserve the dignity of Malays and the results of the last General Election.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Coalition of Malay NGOs President Jamal Yunos, who is behind the anti-Chinese “Himpunan Maruah Melayu” rally which plans to take to the streets on Malaysia Day, has invited Indians, Chinese and others to participate in the gathering to oppose the call by Bersih 4, dismissed as a Chinese rally, asking Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to step down.
Jamal, speaking to the media outside the Dang Wangi police station, had previously warned non-Muslims to stay away from the rally apparently to avoid “provoking” the Malays. He emphasized that the rally would be peaceful. “The Chinese traders have nothing to be afraid.”
“It’s a Malay rally,” he hastened to add. “However, we invite all those who are on the same page as us.”
“The Indians, Chinese and others who agree with our view to preserve the dignity of the Malays and the results of the last General Election can join us. They must wear red T-shirts. Under no circumstances should they wear yellow T-shirts.”
KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar should resign if no permit is granted to hold the “red shirt” rally, said military veteran Mohd Ali Baharom, better known as Ali Tinju.
“We are not moving away from our decision. Even if the police say no, we will go ahead with the rally.
“If IGP does not agree, he is wrong. If he can’t jaga hati (please) the Malays, he might as well quit,” said Ali.
He pledged that the rally would be held in a “professional and peaceful” manner.
“I have said it is a peaceful rally and we will not do anything offensive.
“There would be no provocation during the rally and we will not offend the non-Malays.
“We come in peace and we just want to raise the spirit of the Malays. We want to show that Malays are united,” he said outside Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) Friday.
Groups seek Agong’s intervention to stop ‘red shirt’ rally on fears of bloodshed
A group of 20 NGOs today submitted a memorandum to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam…
A group of 20 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) today submitted a memorandum to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, seeking the King’s intervention to stop the September 16 “red shirt” rally on fears that it will turn violent.
President of Pro Rakyat Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Kemajuan Rakyat Selangor, Khairul Anwar Othman, said the advertisement and posters on the rally that have gone viral, contain elements of violence and also suggestions that there could be bloodshed on that day.
Seven NGO representatives including Khairul were allowed to enter Istana Negara to hand over the memorandum.
“We are worried about the current development. We feel that there are certain groups trying to manipulate the situation to cause unease among the public,” said Khairul.
He said that the NGOs have no qualms if the rally on September 16 is held in a peaceful manner, but the evidence gathered so far indicated otherwise.
– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/groups-seek-agongs-intervention-to-stop-red-shirt-rally-on-fears-of-bloodsh?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.laypFLWT.dpuf
‘Red shirt’ rally will make Malays a laughing stock, says Zaid Ibrahim
The objectives of the September 16 “red shirt” rally are childish and will only turn the Malays into a laughing stock, former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said today.
Writing on his blog, Zaid (pic) said the rally should make calling for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib’s resignation its priority if it wanted to truly redeem the honour of the Malay race.
But instead, the rally only intends to warn the Chinese not to be rude in the wake of the Bersih 4 rally, and to show the strength of the Malays by gathering and shouting in the streets, wrote Zaid.
“Both these reasons for the ‘red shirt’ rally are infantile or childish and will only make Malays a laughing stock of the community,” wrote Zaid in his blog post titled “The Red Shirt rally”.
He said that if they resorted to cursing, shouting obscenities in the street and threatening the ethnic Chinese, they would only show to the world how shallow they were.
雙重標準 (繪圖 : 黃泓錇)
Umno man to face cops tomorrow after ‘red shirt’ rally speech
Umno man to face cops today after ‘red shirt’ rally speech http://bit.ly/1M02q9d
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — The police proved today their ability to act swiftly on matters concerning public order and national security.
Just hours after holding a news conference on the controversial September 16 “red shirt” rally, Sungai Besar Umno Chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos told Malay Mail Online he has been called by the police for questioning.
“I just got a call from Dang Wangi police station to come in and give a statement, alongside a few other NGOs.
“It seems a police report has been lodged over the press conference today,” Jamal said when contacted.
However, Jamal said he is in the dark for the police’s inquiry as the police had called saying they wanted to record his statement in connection to the news conference at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman he had given earlier.
“I don’t know what I’m being investigated under. I have just been called to come in tomorrow,” he added.
When contacted, Dang Wangi police confirmed that Jamal is to have his statement recorded but said it was not over today’s press conference.
The officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said Jamal’s statement was in connection to an earlier police report filed before this afternoon’s news conference.
– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/umno-man-to-face-cops-tomorrow-after-red-shirt-rally-speech?utm_content=bufferbf295&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.LEMpsYf0.dpuf
Malay Mail Online
Fearing their safety, some city traders mull shuttering shop on ‘red shirt’ rally day
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — Some traders in Petaling Street say they will close shop on September 16 not because it is a public holiday but because they fear for their safety.
Bread and mooncake vendor Gan Eng Teng, 60, who has been operating a stall there since the early 90s, said she was afraid of what could happen if the “Red Shirts” gathered in the city that day.
“I am an old woman and do not want to worry my children if I open for business. Anything can happen and I do not want to take any risk. I am alone here,” she said.
Gan said her daughter had advised her not to open her stall that day but to resume business the following morning.
“During the Bersih 4 rally, it was peaceful but for the coming one, I am not sure,” she said.
Shanthani Anthalam, 63, who sells flowers, will also close her shop for the day.
“I will lose business but my safety is more important. Moreover, I am a woman,” she said.
Shanthani also did not open for business during the Bersih rally on August 29 and 30.
– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/fearing-their-safety-some-city-traders-mull-shuttering-shop-on-red-shirt-ra?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.o4c6huGF.dpuf
10 September 2015
“We will gather in Bukit Bintang, beside Lot 10, then we will march to Padang Merbok. There is no problem for vendors to do business on that day, as it will be a peaceful assembly.
Free Malaysia Today
Rally is to teach DAP Chinese for being ‘kurang ajar’
Umno man says Red Shirts rally is about Malay solidarity in the face of increasing insults from the Chinese of DAP against Malay leaders.
Rally is to teach DAP Chinese for being ‘kurang ajar’ http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/09/10/rally-is-to-teach-dap-chinese-for-being-kurang-ajar/ …
KUALA LUMPUR: The Red Shirts rally will go ahead come rain or shine as its participants are bent on sending a clear message to the Chinese of DAP to stop their “kurang ajar” (rude) ways of insulting the Malays.
At a press conference today, Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos also “thanked” Bersih 4 rally-goers for opening the eyes of the Malays after the great disrespect they showed to the country’s Malay leaders when they brandished insulting slogans and messages.
“We are going down to Bukit Bintang, to send a clear message to the Chinese of DAP to not be ‘kurang ajar’ to the Malay race,” he said.
He also pointed out that 90 per cent of Bersih 4 rally goers were made up of Chinese members of the community while those of other races who participated had been “brainwashed” by the Chinese of DAP.
“The yellow shirts worn by Bersih participants is also an insult to the royal institution,” he said as the colour of royalty was yellow.
He dismissed the attendance of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad on both days of the Bersih 4 rally on August 29 and 30 saying, “Tun M took advantage of the event to show his disapproval of Najib’s leadership.”
Thursday September 10, 2015 MYT 7:09:57 AM
Protest not for protest’s sake
On Malaysia Day, let’s leave the Red Shirts to do their business.
ON Aug 29, Malaysians proved something very important – that it is possible to come together in common cause and do it peacefully. No more can we believe anyone who says that any gathering of more than five people is bound to be disorderly and violent.
Bersih 4 proved that people can be disciplined and orderly in big crowds. They obeyed instructions not to breach the barriers at Dataran Merdeka and they cleaned up afterwards.
In between they marched, they put up posters to express their feelings about current issues, they made and listened to speeches, they sang, they camped out and they ate. And they did all this peacefully, in great camaraderie with one another.
This time, I could not be in the country to join my fellow citizens in protest. Instead, I joined some 1,000 Malaysians in London on the same day to demonstrate for the same cause.
Now, there is talk of a counter-rally, which has already been declared illegal but which insists, like Bersih, to carry on anyway. I am all for freedom of speech so generally, no matter how despicable, I would not stop anyone from expressing their opinions.
The trouble is I have a problem trying to figure out what the so-called Red Shirts stand for. They seem to want to protest for the sake of protesting against protesters, specifically Bersih protesters. But while we are clear about the issues that Bersih espouses, we don’t really know what the Red Shirts are spoiling for a fight for.
suppose it’s fair to assume that since the Red Shirt rally is anti-Bersih, then they must want all the opposite of whatever Bersih’s 200,000 participants want. Let’s look at what these are:
Bersih wants free and fair elections. I suppose the Red Shirts must therefore want unfree and unfair elections…
Secondly, Bersih 4 is demanding for a clean government. It must therefore mean that the Red Shirts are demanding for a dirty government, one in which money decides everything from whoever gets to govern to what policies and laws are made…
..Bersih 4’s third demand is for action to save our economy…
But since the Red Shirts are taking issue with Bersih, I must assume that they won’t mind if our country descends to a level at par with some of the poorest countries in the world. Maybe they hope to go abroad to find work like some of our neighbours.
So, on Sept 16, the Red Shirts would like to emulate Bersih by having their own “illegal” rally on a day meant to celebrate our unity in diversity. I don’t know how the Reds intend to express diversity since thus far they have looked monoracial and monogendered. And unity with yourself doesn’t really count for much.
Perhaps on Malaysia Day, we should all just stay home and watch the breaking-bricks-with-your-head display from afar. Or attend other fun events elsewhere. They can bring their own food and drink from home. And let’s see if they’ll clean up afterwards.
‘Red Shirt’ is trending but at the bottom..
KL cops blast calls for Bkt Bintang rally
The Dang Wangi police have described the call for people to rally in Bukit Bintang as racially motivated and warned that this is seditious.
“Dang Wangi district police chief calls on the public not to be influenced by the call to rally found being made in the social media, because it has elements of racism and sedition that makes it an offence under section 4(1) of the Sedition Act.
“It is also prohibited to spread or to make viral calls for rally that are racial or seditious in nature such as this.
“The police will not hesitate to take action against anyone involved in spreading such information,” said the district police chief in a statement last night.
Dang Wangi said a report was lodged on Sept 4 on the call on Facebook and other social media, that contained a “racist article” calling on people to gather at several points and rally to Bukit Bintang.
“Till now, the Dang Wangi district police chief has still not received any notice whatsoever to hold the rally, and the police consider such a rally to be unlawful if it is held without following the rules of the law,” it said.
9 September 2015
Najib won’t stop Umno members from joining red shirts rally
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said Umno members are free to join the Sept 16 red-shirts rally but reminded them that they must follow the law.
He said there are existing laws which will be enforced by the police with regard to the rally to counter Bersih 4.
“No, (I won’t stop Umno members from joining the rally).
“It is a free country, as long as they observe the law. No one is above the law, including Umno members. They are not above the law,” said Najib, who is also Umno president.
“We have existing laws, we have the police, as far as the cabinet is concerned whoever wants to have any kind of rally have to follow the rule of law (and) whatever instructions given by the police,” he told a press conference after the Umno supreme council meeting today.
Malay Mail Online
Sungai Besar Umno chief confirms ‘orders’ to back, mobilise for Malay Sept 16 rally
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — Umno divisions have received invitations from the organiser of the controversial Malay rally planned for September 16, requesting them to provide support and help mobilisation efforts, the ruling party’s Sungai Besar chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunus said today.
He concurred that the rally is geared for the dominant Malay community, but insisted that it was non-political.
“Even my division has received the invite. Umno has gotten orders to support and mobilise for the rally,” he told reporters when met at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), adjacent to Umno’s national headquarters at Menara Dato Onn here.
Jamal said he saw no harm in Umno divisions mobilising for the rally as party vice-president and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has given the green light for their members to take part in the rally.
“We are very positive towards the rally. DPM also has said we can mobilise. We want to have a peaceful rally, not an anti-Chinese one like being publicised on social media.
“It is a non-partisan gathering. To those who feel that they are Malay enough, they are invited to attend, “he explained.
I’d like to think that the Perhimpunan Maruah Melayu will be a peaceful assembly. But with posters like these…
Jamal confims Pesaka organising Sept 16 rally
Jamal Md Yunos confims Pesaka organising Sept 16 rally https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/311670
Gabungan NGO-NGO Malaysia chairperson Jamal Md Yunos has confirmed that the organiser of the Sept 16 red shirt rally is indeed the Persatuan Silat Kebangsaan (Pesaka).
“They are the organisers and they have made applications with the police and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to hold the rally,” Jamal told Malaysiakini.
“Gabungan NGO-NGO Melayu received an invitation from Pesaka (to join the rally) and we will give our utmost support to ensure that the rally becomes a success.”
A meeting on the rally will be held at the Sultan Sulaiman Club tomorrow at 3pm, with more than 200 NGOs attending, Jamal confirmed.
“At 4.30pm, there will be a press conference held jointly by myself, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) activist leader Nadzim Johan, and Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah,” he said.
Numerous WhatsApp messages have been in circulation, with one claiming that the organiser is Pesaka, which is headed by former Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam.
Malay Mail Online
Citing fear of racial clashes, NGOs pledge 2,500 monitors for ‘red shirts’ rally
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — Two non-governmental organisations said they will send around 2,500 of its members to the streets of the capital this September 16 to monitor the “red shirts” rally for possible racial clashes.
Speaking in a press conference here, Otai Reformis secretary Abdul Razak Ismail said that these monitors will also conduct “citizen arrests” should any violence occur during the mass event that the police have prohibited.
“We in Otai Reformis will send 500 members to watch Petaling Street for any racial clashes. If needed, we may conduct citizen arrests if there are violence between the Chinese and Malays,” he said.
ProRakyat president Khairul Anuar Othman said his group will deploy around 2,000 members to monitor areas around Petaling Street and Bukit Bintang.
‘Red Shirt’ on sale at outside PWTC ahead of Sept 16 rally while Umno supreme council meeting commences.
Organisers of the Sept 16 rally were spotted selling red t-shirts at the sidelines of Umno’s supreme council meeting
‘It’s best for non-Muslims to avoid red shirt rally’
Jamal Yunos: ‘It’s best for Non-Muslims to avoid red shirt rally’ https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/311662
It is best for non-Muslims to avoid being in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 16, where a demonstration to counter the recent Bersih rally is expected to be held.
Gabungan NGO-NGO Melayu chairperson Jamal Md Yunos said this when asked to comment on messages circulating telling non-Muslims to keep clear from the city centre on that date.
“I think that would be best,” Jamal told Malaysiakini when asked on the matter.
“These kinds of rallies are demonstrations. So those who come may be over-emotional.
“If they see a rival group during the rally, of course there will be provocation.
“And when there is provocation, we are concerned that unwanted incidents will occur,” he said.
Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Mohd Yunos. “It would be a peaceful rally to show that Malays no matter Umno or PAS or any other Malay based organisations are united against Bersih.”
However, PAS has announced that it would not back the rally.
8 September 2015
Mystery surrounds organiser of ‘red shirt’ rally
Mystery surrounds organiser of ‘red shirt’ rally http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/311552
Two Umno leaders have predicted that more than 100,000 Malays will turn up for the Sept 16 gathering to counter Bersih 4.
However, both Federal Territory Umno Youth chief Mohd Razlan Rafii and Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Mohd Yunos were unable to provide a clear answer as to who is organising the event, dubbed as the ‘red shirts’ rally.
Numerous whatsapp messages have circulated, with one claiming that the organiser is Persatuan Silat Kebangsaan (Pesaka), which is headed by former Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Jamal (photo) said the organiser is likely to meet the police today or tomorrow over the gathering.
“I think some 100,000 to 300,000 Malays would gather on that day.
Free Malaysia Today
Wanita PKR willing to protect
non-Malays from Red Shirts
Its chief says death threats against the Chinese clearly spells incitement of racial hatred and that Red Shirt rally organisers are losing their grip on things.
PETALING JAYA: If those among the Red Shirts group wishes to incite racial hatred by threatening a bloodbath against the Chinese, they will first have to go through her and Wanita PKR, its chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said.
In a statement today, Zuraida, who is also MP for Ampang, said she was willing to protect her non-Malay friends so that no “Mandi Darah” would take place among peace-loving Malaysians.
“As a Malay, I will protect my non-Malay friends from harm. To those red-shirt protesters who wish to “Mandi Darah”, please know that you have to go through Wanita Keadilan first.”
She condemned the death threats issued against the Chinese community and said it clearly spelt “incitement of racial hatred”.
“Unfortunately, the minorities have been made the scapegoat again”, she said of the fear-mongering that was being drummed up against the Chinese after the Bersih 4 rally held from August 29-30.
She also drew comparisons between the two rallies, saying Bersih 4 was about the people’s power to demand free and fair elections whereas the Red Shirts rally was about race.
“Only those who are losing their grip on power would add a racial spin to it (Bersih 4) to deter Malaysians from exercising their rights. This sort of racialising has to stop,” she said.
She also alleged the Red Shirts rally was “likely a tactic” by those desperate to divert attention away from the controversies of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion donation Prime Minister Najib Razak accepted into his personal bank accounts in 2013.
Ending her statement on a positive note however, Zuraida said, “I firmly believe that the majority of the Malays are peace-loving people who reject violence.”
Free Malaysia Today
Nurul: M’sia Day not for Red Shirts’ rally
Sept 16 is the day to celebrate the official birth of the Malaysian community.
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR Vice-President Nurul Izzah Anwar scoffed at the proposed Himpunan Maruah Melayu (HMM) shifting its excuses for holding a gathering on 16 September or 916 Malaysia Day, from Low Yat to Bersih 4 to regaining Umno’s pride. “This is a dangerous list of woes. Up to now, there’s no clear cause or goals defined for this rally by the red shirts on 916.”
She noted that former Wanita Umno Chief Rafidah Aziz has pointed out that unlike Bersih 4 which stands for clean, free and fair elections, the red shirts apparently want to protect the interests of the few against the majority.
The posters being seen in Kuala Lumpur and associated with September 16, added Nurul who is also Lembah Pantai MP, was akin to inviting violence by one group against another. “This flouts law and reason and cannot be allowed to continue.”
“The police have the people’s support to remain a force for professionalism, maintaining social harmony and protecting the people under the Federal Constitution.”
7 September 2015
Muslim group: Anti-Bersih red shirts don’t speak for Malays
Muslim group: Anti-Bersih red shirts don’t speak for Malays https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/311419
A group of Muslim professionals today said that the red-shirt donning group which had planned for a counter rally against Bersih’s do not represent the voice of the Malay Muslims.
“Any call towards incitement of racial strife must be dealt with swiftly. We urge the Royal Malaysian Police Force to once again act with professionalism to maintain peace and order in these uncertain times,” the group said in a statement today.
The professionals believe that the threat by the red shirts has not completely passed, for a rally dubbed ‘Himpunan Maruah Melayu‘ (Rally for Malay Dignity) is being planned for Malaysia Day.
“The location chosen for the rally, the depiction of a keris-wielding warrior with an incendiary caption underneath its promotional posters dispel any doubts that the intent is one of provocation and intimidation.
“As a community, we have admittedly lost a major portion of our honour and dignity. Despite all the supposed advantages, we lag behind in many areas – education, share of the nation’s wealth and economic pie and a relatively small middle class. And fare the worst in terms of social ills that blight our younger generation.
The group however believes that honour and dignity are not redeemed by blaming other races whilst helping an embattled political elite.
“(This political elite) who proclaim ‘berjuang untuk agama dan bangsa’ (fight for the race and religion) cling to power, but has lost the legitimacy to govern on account of being weighed down by serious allegations of corruption, mismanagement and abuse of power.
“One redeems one’s honour and dignity by upholding the principles of truth and justice, holding accountable those whom trust and responsibility has been placed on their shoulders.
“We redeem our honour and dignity by remaining true to the moral teachings of Islam and exposing the hypocrisy of those who use religion to cling to power.”
The statement today was endorsed by the following Muslim individuals and organisations: Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF), Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM), Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (Imam), Dr Amir Farid Isahak, JIHAD For JUSTICE, We are Malaysians, Malaysian Indian Muslim Action Council, Ipoh Tamil Muslim Development Association, Persatuan Kebajikan Muslim Kinta, G25, Persatuan Promosi Harmoni Malaysia, Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim), Pertubuhan Pemuda GEMA Malaysia, Research and Information Centre on Islam (RICOI) and Maszlee Malik, president of IIUM Academic Staff Association.
YOU HAD 200,000. WE WILL HAVE 300,000!
Malay Mail Online
Organisers of Bersih 4 counter-rally expect 300,000 turnout
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — The organisers of Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu this September 16 have claimed that at least 300,000 people will turn up for their rally in the streets of the capital.
Gabungan NGO-NGO Malaysia chairman Datuk Jamal Md Yunos was quoted by Utusan Malaysia as saying that this will include 500 Malay organisations from across the country who have given their commitment to be part of the rally.
“Whatever the obstacle, be it a storm, rain or earthquake, this rally will happen,” he told the Malay daily.
“We must ‘thank’ the Bersih 4 illegal rally because through that rally which brought many slogans insulting the Malay leadership, it has lead to the Malays uniting for this September 16 rally,” Jamal added.
Jamal said the rally will be held at several locations, with participants expected to gather peacefully at popular spots like Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street.
He claimed that there is no reason for the authorities to stop their counter rally, since they allowed Bersih 4 to go ahead with their programme despite a ban and having interfered with preparations for the Merdeka Day celebrations.
Police won’t allow Sept 16 rally to take place
Deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the Sept 16 rally by the red shirts is barred due to security reasons, Bernama reported.
The rally, reportedly planned to be held at the Bukit Bintang and Petaling Street areas, is meant to counter the Bersih 4 rally on Aug 29 and 30.
Police yesterday said it has opened a sedition probe over the posters for the rally, which features a man in a silat pose with the words ‘tanah tumpah darahku’.
A line from the national anthem to denote loyalty, the words literally mean ‘the land where my blood spills’.
Police open sedition probe over Sept 16 rally posters
The Kuala Lumpur police are investigating calls to hold a ‘Himpunan Maruah Melayu’ rally (Rally for Malay Dignity) on Sept 16, Sinchew Daily reported today.
The report quoted Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Law Hong Soon saying that the images and text used in the posters is an implied threat, and the police are investigating it under the Sedition Act 1948.
“He stressed that the police is keeping a close eye on developments, but to date have yet to receive any notification of a rally,” the report said.
The report said that so far, no party has come forward to identify themselves as the event’s organiser, although the campaign materials have gone viral on social media.
The posters have the words ‘tanah tumpah darahku’ – a line from the the national anthem which literally means ‘the land where my blood spills’ – with a picture of a man in a silat pose.
The report said although some rumours have pointed to Malay-rights pressure group Perkasa as the organiser, the NGO’s information chief Hassan Basri Muhammad has denied this.
Nevertheless, Hassan reportedly confirmed that the group will be holding a meeting soon to decide whether to mobilise its members to join the rally.
Veteran activists calling themselves Otai Reformasi yesterday lodged a police report urging police to stop the rally, which it said incited a “bloodbath”.
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Sunday September 6, 2015 MYT 2:21:36 PM
Rafidah Aziz to red-shirts: Just what are you trying to prove
PETALING JAYA: Former Cabinet minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has slammed the people behind a rally, dubbed red-shirts, on Sept 16, saying it serves no purpose to counter the Bersih 4 rally last weekend.
“It serves no purpose for anyone to mount a counter demonstration to Bersih 4, which had clear demands.
“What are they going to demonstrate for? Just what are they trying to prove,” said the former International Trade and Industry Minister on Fecebook.
Rafidah, former Wanita Umno chief, slammed those who painted the Bersih 4 rally in a racial light, saying they were avoiding the real issue and took the easy way out by playing the race card, “blaming others and playing the number games to give the impression of ‘strength”.
“In the process, the issues that the Rakyat are worried about, and want to see expeditious resolution to, are being simply marginalised and skirted around,” she said.
She added that the issues the country is facing had to do with governance, transparency and integrity, not race.
“The people place priority on these things. The proper economic governance and the trustworthiness of those in position of authority,” she said.
“Are they implying that it is all OK that we are facing the mess, that they support the actions that have led to the national embarrassment?
“That they condone what the leaders have done?
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Post Bersih, Utusan wants authorities to allow ‘red’ Sept 16 rally to counter extremism
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 — Claiming the anonymous organisers of the ‘Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu’ to be more disciplined than Bersih 2.0, Umno-owned broadsheet Utusan Malaysia urged today the authorities to greenlight the group’s September 16 rally.
In an opinion article in its Sunday Mingguan Malaysia edition, the Malay paper’s editors also described the Malaysia Day rally to be noble as it aims to “reject extremism” compared to the Bersih 4 rally last weekend that it claimed was masterminded by the opposition DAP.
“Awang believes that the organisers of Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu will be better disciplined than the Bersih (4) organisers. The police should give them space and not just for Bersih.
“It is heard that even though time is running short for the preparation of the Sept 16 rally, the response has been overwhelming. It is time to send the message clear — to reject extremism without fear,” Utusan’s editors’ wrote under their collective Awang Selamat pseudonym.
Utusan editors insisted today that 85 per cent of the Bersih 4 rally participants were clearly supporters of the predominantly Chinese opposition party the DAP, claiming a lack of Malay presence as proof despite video and photographic evidence showing a significant number of the race in attendance.
The paper also claimed the reason behind Malay rejection towards Bersih 4 was the growing resentment towards the “thick chauvinist image of the DAP”.
“Everyone knows that 85 per cent of the Bersih 4.0 participants are DAP supporters from the Chinese community.
“That party is known for its thick chauvinist image which is why the Malays are disgusted by the DAP and are cautious as they see the (rally) as wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
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Ismail Sabri, Minister of Rural and Regional Development, said he will be sending party members to join in the rally in his capacity as Bera Umno division chief.
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Umno will join Sept 16 red-shirt rally if invited, party secretary says
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 ― Umno members will join the “Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu” rally on September 16 rally if they are invited, the party’s executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusof said today.
Ab Rauf reportedly said Umno members are free to participate in the rally in Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Day and said they would not be barred from doing so.
“Umno will not stop its members from joining. I can state that Umno will be there if we are invited,” he was quoted saying by The Star Online.
The news site also reported Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as denying that the party was involved in organising the rally and citing a Malay non-governmental organisation instead.
Group wants cops to stop rally inciting ‘bloodbath’
Otai Reformasi, a group of veteran activists, is calling on police to block planned counter-Bersih 4 rallies which have been publicised to take place on September 16 and October 10.
The group’s spokesperson Ronnie Liu said while they respect the right to assemble, organisers of the counter rallies have gone overboard by threatening violence.
“We are not saying that people cannot organise a gathering but it has to be peaceful.
“But even before the Sept 16 and Oct 10 gathering, there have already been promotional materials that are very provocative.
“They are threatening a bloodbath, this is really going to the extreme,” the former Selangor executive council member told Malaysiakini when contacted.
He claimed the materials were spreading racial hatred and promoting unrest.
The materials label the Bersih 4 protest as a “Chinese affair” and called for Malays to hold their own.
The group earlier today lodged a police report against the planned gatherings at the Dangi Wangi district police headquarters.
“I hope the police will not allow this to get out of hand,” said Liu, a former DAP state assemblyperson.
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Act against organisers of Sept 16 rally, Kit Siang urges Home Minister and IGP
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today urged the police to intervene on a planned September 16 rally calling for Malays to unite, saying it would create racial strife.
The Gelang Patah MP said the group organising the rally was pitting Malays against the distorted view that the Bersih 4 demonstrations was a “Chinese Bersih demonstration” and urged for the Home Minister and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to take action.
“If there is a group calling for a ‘Chinese rally to counter the Malays’, the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi would have swung into action, both by word and deed, and those organising such a ‘Chinese rally to counter the Malays’ would end up, and rightly so, in police custody,” he said in a statement.
He added that the two-day Bersih 4 rally last weekend was a credit to both the police and protesters for showing the world that demonstrations could be held peacefully, but irresponsible parties were distorting the non-racial Bersih 4 to be viewed as a Chinese rally challenging the political power of the Malays.
“In the first place, there had never been a ‘Chinese Bersih demonstration’, as the Bersih 4 participants were Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region, age, gender or politics, and although the Malay participation in the first day of Bersih 4 was low, on the second day, Malay participation was easily some 40 per cent of the crowd,” he said.
“Furthermore, the participants were not only from all races, [but] their demands [were] for a good government and free and fair elections transcend race altogether.”
Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu invites Umno and PAS members to come together in solidarity against Bersih 4 participants who allegedly stomped on a picture of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
HIMPUNAN RAKYAT BERSATU Tarikh : 16 Sept 2015 (Rabu) Masa : 12 tghari- 12 mlm Tempat : Bukit Bintang
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HIMPUNAN RAKYAT MELAYU BERANI BERSATU
Tarikh : 16 SEPT 2015
Masa : 12THari-12Mlm
Tempat : BUKIT BINTANG
Baju : Merah
Bahagian yg dah bersetuju :
1. Bera. 2000
2. Ketereh. 1000
3. Rantau Pnjg 2000
4. Hulu Langat. 2000
5. Batu. 2000
6. Kuantan. 2000
7. Kepala Batas 1000
8. Bkt Gantang. 1000
9. Temerloh. 1009
10. Gopeng. 2000
11. Raub. 1000
12. PJS. 2000
13. Nibong Tebal. 1000
14. Segambut. 2000
15. Bg Serai. 1000
16. K.Trg 400
17. Kapar 2000
18. Tanah Merah 3000
19. Puchong 2000
20. Tg Malim 2000
21. Bkt Bintang. 1000
22. Tapah. 1000
23. Ledang. 1000
24. Kinabatangan 200
25. Jasin 1000
26. Shah Alam 1000
27. Setiu 200
28. Kubang Kerian 1000
29. Padang Terap 1000
30. Subang 2000
31. Marang 1000
32. Kepong 1000
33. Taiping 1000
34. Ampang 1000
35. Kampar 1000
36. Baling 1000
37. Bukit Gelugor 1000
38. Kuala Selangor 1000
39. IndraMahkota 1000
40. Pandan 2500
41. Seputih 1000
42. Tg Piai. 1000
43. Pasir Putih. 2000
44. Sri Gading 1000
45. Bkt Mertajam 500
46. Klang 500
47. Dungun 1000
48. Bukit Katil 1000
49. Lumut 1000
50. Alor Gajah 1000
51. Ipoh Timor 500
52. Rompin 5000
53. Kuala Nerus. 1000
54. Parit. 500
55. Gombak. 1000
56. Telok Intan. 1000
57. K Krau 1000
58. K Kangsar 1000
59. Langkawi 400
60. Keningau. 11
61. Paya Besar. 1000
62. Sg Siput. 1000
63. Muar. 1000
64. Sg Petani. 1000
65. Sepang. 1000
66. Jempol. 1000
67. Lenggong. 500
68. Besut. 500
69. Bagan. 500
70. Batu Gajah 500
71. Gerik 500
72. Bukit Bendera 1000
73. Jerai 1000
74. Titiwangsa 3000
75. Kuala Langat. 1000
76. Bentong. 1000
77. Tangga Batu. 1000
78. Kota Melaka. 1000
79. Selayang 3000
80. Bdr Tun Razak. 1500
81. Arau 1000
82. Padang Besar 1000
83. Pengkalan Chepa. 1000
84. Lipis 1000
85. Pokok Sena 120
86. Pendang 120
87. Ipoh Barat 500
88. Batu Kawan 500
89. Hulu Tganu. 500
90. Tanjong. 500
91. Lembah Pantai. 2000
92. Kuala Krai. 500
93. Larut. 1000
94. Bakri. 500
95. Batu Pahat. 1000
96. Cameron Highlnds. 500
97. Simpang Renggam. 1000
98. Tawau. 50
99. Alor Setar. 500
100. Kuala Pilah. 500
101.Kubang Pasu 1000
102. Tasik Gelogor. 1000
103. Jelebu. 1500
104. Rasah. 1000
105. Serdang. 1000
106. Jerantut 1000
107. Kota Raja. 1000
108. Pasir Mas 500
109. Sik 200
Sungai Besar Umno division chief, Datuk Jamal Yunus, denied that his group was organising the gathering but he would attend.
Anti-Bersih group leader denies holding gathering on Sept 16
Last updated on 3 September 2015 – 05:22pm
The announcement on the gathering appeared on several blogs and it called on both Umno and PAS members to join it.
In one of the postings that supports the group, headed by Datuk Jamal Yunus and believed to be anti-Bersih, asked participants to wear red shirts on that day.
Jamal, however, when contacted denied that his group was organising the gathering.
“I can confirm that it will be held on Sept 16 but it is not by us, it will be another group. They will issue a formal statement next Tuesday.
“We will join them,” he told theSun.
Police: No application yet for ‘red shirts’ rally on Malaysia Day
Police: No application yet for ‘red shirts’ rally on Malaysia Day http://buff.ly/1ECCRLF
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 ― Police have not received any application to hold a rally on September 16, which is Malaysia Day.
Kuala Lumpur police chief, Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said if the rally were to be held in Bukit Bintang, strict action would be taken under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
“The police always take precautionary measures and keep tabs if there is a rally,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
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