29 September 2015
WHEN SILENCE IS GOLDEN…
Traders prefer silence as life goes on in Petaling Street
After spending weeks under the media spotlight, traders around the Petaling Street now appear reluctant to speak to the media.
When Malaysiakini approached some 20 traders in the area today, only a handful agreed to speak.
“I wouldn’t know what to say. I don’t want to end up saying the wrong things,” was by far the most common reason cited when declining to speak, often before even the first question was asked.
Many said this or other words to the same effect as soon as introductions were made, while a few others waved off when they see an approaching reporter.
Among those who agreed to speak, however, opinions are mixed about the visit of Chinese ambassador Huang Huikang last week, and the statements he made during and after the visit.
One trader, 67-year hold Yong Oi Moy said that the ambassador’s visit had brought some reassurance to the traders in the area, which is also known as Chinatown.
“After his visit, it is not so frightening anymore,” she told Malaysiakini when met at her stall.
Nevertheless, she said Petaling Street has been quieter than usual of late, and consequently her business selling fried snacks has suffered by about 30 percent.
28 September 2015
Envoy: Acting minister said Wisma Putra didn’t call me in
Acting Foreign Minister Hamzah Zainuddin reportedly told China ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang that Wisma Putra never called him in.
He said this during a ninety-minute meeting with the diplomat at the domestic trade, co-operatives and consumerism ministry, Huang told Sin Chew Daily.
Huang said reports that he was called in by Wisma Putra was just speculation.
This despite Wisma Putra issuing a press statement on Sept 26 saying it called in the ambassador over his remarks at Petaling Street on Sept 25.
Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican also said the move to call in the diplomat was endorsed by Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, who is now in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
“Hamzah and I are good friends. We discussed other matters today, but I not come here after called in by Wisma Putra.
“I told him that I had not received any call in letter, and only learnt about it through the media.”
“Both countries have very smooth communications. There are many ways to call in an ambassador. Since the acting minister has clarified there is no such thing, let the matter rest.”
China defends envoy to M’sia after comments on racism
China defends envoy to M’sia after comments on racism – ‘We hope that Malaysia can maintain ethnic harmony,’ says … http://ow.ly/34JZeP
China today defended the actions of its ambassador to Malaysia after he was summoned to clarify his remarks criticising extremism and racism ahead of a planned pro-Malay rally in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said it would meet Chinese Ambassador Huang Huikang so that he could clarify comments that “attracted attention and caused concern to the Malaysian public”.
The Star newspaper quoted Huang as saying on Friday that China opposes “any form of discrimination against races and any form of extremism”. He was speaking ahead of a planned rally by a Malay-dominated, pro-government group that was reported to be demanding more Malay participation in the popular Petaling Street market, known as Chinatown.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said Huang was visiting the Chinese community during the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday that fell on Sunday, adding that it was a “normal” activity.
He said China did “not interfere in other countries’ domestic politics nor intervene in other countries’ internal affairs”.
“China and Malaysia are friendly neighbours, we hope that Malaysia can maintain national unity and stability and ethnic harmony,” Hong said at a daily news briefing.
Huang had made the comments on a visit to Petaling Street.
26 September 2015
Najib should be removed for using race card, say opposition MPs -by Elizabeth Zachariah (TMI) http://goo.gl/aV89CD
‘Petaling Street business down 40pct over red shirts’
Traders at Petaling Street have lost between 30 to 40 percent of their business to date since the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu red shirt rally last week, said Gerakan public service and complaints bureau chief Wilson Lau.
“From this, we can see that this kind of statements or actions can worry the traders, and members of the public would not dare to come,” he told reporters at a press conference at the popular tourist spot today.
He said he received the data from the committee members of the Kuala Lumpur Hakwers’ and Petty Traders’ Association.
Lau also lauded the news of red shirts frontman
Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos’ arrest last night and a riot planned at Petaling Street today has been aborted.
However, he said while the news has brought relief, he also noted that the damage has already been done.
“The cancellation helps, but such so-called rallies do not bring us unity, but ruin. Especially economic ruin.
“Secondly, it also causes racial tension,” he said.
Chinese ambassador visits Petaling Street on eve of rally
Chinese ambassador Huang Hui Kang paid a visit to Petaling Street today on the eve of an anti-Chinese rally by Malay rightwing groups.
The rally is called in response to the authorities’ purported lack of action against traders who sell counterfeit goods there.
China is against all forms of terrorism, as well as racism and extremism which target specific ethnic groups, the ambassador to Malaysia said in a statement which he read out after his walkabout in the area known as Chinatown.
Huang said Malaysia was a country ruled by law, and therefore, everyone – regardless of ideology or stratum in society – must safeguard it.
“Nobody has the right to undermine the authority of the law or trample on the rule of law.
“The Chinese government has always pursued peaceful co-existence in international relationship and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
“But with regard to the infringement on China’s national interests, violations of legal rights and interests of Chinese citizens and businesses which may damage the friendly relationship between China and the host country, we will not sit by idly,” said Huang in his strongly-worded statement.
The diplomat visited the popular shopping area for about one hour along with the Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association.
25 September 2015
Ali Tinju: Tomorrow’s rally cancelled
…Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Association president Mohd Ali Baharom said tomorrow’s rally has been cancelled, following advice from the authorities.
Speaking to The Malaysian Insider, Mohd Ali, also known as Ali Tinju, admitted to being the organiser of the planned rally.
He told the portal the rally organisers would like to give a chance to the authorities to respond to demands that more Malay traders be allowed to conduct business on Petaling Street.
Ali also distanced himself from any gathering held at the popular tourist attraction tomorrow.
“We can’t guarantee there won’t be a rally tomorrow. If there is, it’s not from us,” he was quoted saying by the portal.
Jamal arrested ahead of the Petaling Street rally
Malay NGO Coalition chairperson Jamal Md Yunos was arrested tonight at the Ampang Jaya district police headquarters after giving a statement.
He was immediately brought to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters under Section 105 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), ahead of tomorrow’s rally at Petaling Street.
His arrest was confirmed by Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Zainuddin Ahmad.
“(Jamal) was detained under section 105 of the CPC to prevent offences from happening. It is regarding his statement that there is going to be a riot on Petaling Street tomorrow,” Zainuddin said in a WhatsApp message.
Section 105 of the CPC confers the police powers to detain anyone, without warrant or court order, to prevent a seizable offence from being committed.
Close shop if feel unsafe, Petaling Street hawkers told
Fear of the recurrence of Sept 16 clashes has prompted Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman Ang Say Tee to advise Petaling Street hawkers to take off tomorrow.
“We advise that should the hawkers feel unsafe, they can take a rest.
“Even if someone wants to continue with the business, make sure to take care of your own safety. If any untoward incidents happen, please close,” he told Malaysiakini, however adding that his advise is not compulsory for the association members to follow.
Cops issue warning over proposed Petaling Street rally
The police today warned of action against anyone who intended to disrupt public order in Petaling Street on Saturday.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said action would also be taken against anyone who made such threats in public places or on social media.
“If we feel that it (such a statement) is a threat to public order and can lead to a riot, the police will not hesitate to act,” he told reporters after the Aidil Adha sacrificial slaughter of animals and prayers at the Bukit Aman Mosque.
He said the police were empowered under Sections 143 and 105 of the Penal Code to arrest anyone to prevent offences, including inciting people to riot.
“I will also summon the organisers of such a rally to have their statements recorded,” he said.
He advised the people against participating in the rally, saying they would have to face the law if they did.
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TELLING IT AS IT IS
Red Shirts threaten riot over failure to stop fake-goods trade
KUALA LUMPUR — The organisers of a large pro-government protest with strong racial overtones yesterday said that the authorities’ failure to take action against Petaling Street traders allegedly selling fake goods will force “them to return there this Saturday and possibly carry out a riot”, after the Kuala Lumpur City Hall declined their application to hold a second rally this weekend.
Mr Jamal Md Yunus, one of the main organisers of the planned rally claimed that as many as 5,000 people are ready to gather at the tourist hot spot, also commonly known as Chinatown, should the government fail to move in.
“If the authorities do not take action, then 99 per cent chance that they will return there. They may even riot,” he told reporters.
The first rally held by the group on Sept 16 — touted as the counter to a massive anti-government rally held last month believed to be attended mainly by Malaysians of Chinese and Indian origin — turned chaotic when a group of protesters attempted to breach the barricade at Petaling Street, forcing police to use water cannon to control the situation.
Chinatown had earlier been declared out of bounds by the authorities, and many businesses had closed that day out of fear of any untoward incidents. The rally saw Chinese Malaysians being called “babi” (pigs) and told to “balik Cina” (go back to China).
Placards with slogans such as “Malaysia belongs to the Malays”, “Defend Malay rights”, and “Get rid of SJKC”, referring to Chinese vernacular schools were also sighted during the event.
Mr Jamal later said the rally goers were upset over the “immunity” Petaling Street traders enjoyed, with no action taken against them for operating illegal businesses. He also accused them of selling counterfeit products and pornographic videos.
Malay Mail Online
Riot on the cards if Chinatown traders not punished, Umno man warns
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 ― Authorities’ failure to take action on Petaling Street traders allegedly selling fake goods will inevitably force “red shirt” protesters to return there this Saturday and possibly “riot”, #Merah169 leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunus said today.
Despite warnings by the authorities for the group to abandon its plan to hold a rally there, the Umno Sungai Besar division chief said he “was told” that many as 5,000 people are ready to gather at the tourist hotspot should the government fail to move in.
“If the authorities do not take action, then 99 per cent chance that they will return there. They may even riot,” he told reporters here.
“I was told that as many as 5,000 will go there,” he added.
Malay Mail Online
KL police mum on #Merah169 leader’s warning of Chinatown riot
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 ― Dang Wangi district police chief Zainol Samah today declined to comment on #Merah169 leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos warning that a riot could occur at Petaling Street if the traders there are not punished.
Zainol assured the public, however, that they need not worry for their safety as the police will take action against individuals who break the law.
“Anyone who breaks the law, police will take action. We will monitor all the hotspots. Tell the public they have nothing to worry about,” he said in a brief phone interview with Malay Mail Online.
He added that the police have yet to receive any notification from Jamal about the rally this Saturday.
Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos warns of a riot. He expects a crowd of 5,000 to turn up at Petaling Street and said they were the ones who rioted at Petaling Street (on Sept 16).
Jamal warns of riot at Petaling Street if authorities don’t act
Jamal warns of riot at Petaling Street if authorities don’t act https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/313285
If the authorities fail to act against the counterfeit goods and foreign traders at Petaling Street, a riot may erupt at the iconic tourist spot in Kuala Lumpur.
Ironically, Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos issued this warning outside the Ampang district police headquarters today.
“If the authorities don’t act by Friday, I am 99 percent certain on Saturday, there would be a rally and a riot may happen,” he said.
Jamal said he met with the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry enforcement director to highlight the demands of the group that caused a ruckus outside Petaling Street during the Sept 16 rally.
“I am the middleman between those who rioted that day (and the ministry). I have conveyed their demands to the authorities and it is now up to the authorities.
“But if the authorities don’t take action by Friday and if anything happens, I would not be responsible,” he told reporters after filing a slew of police reports on slanderous blog and social media postings about him.
“He (Jamal) has gone overboard, taking the law into his own hands. How can he threaten the government agencies with a riot?” said Dr Wee.
Wednesday September 23, 2015 MYT 5:53:41 PM
MCA slams Jamal Yunos over Petaling Street rally threat
KUALA LUMPUR: The red shirt rally organiser who is threatening to hold another rally and possibly riot in Petaling Street here this Saturday should face the law, MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) said.
Describing Umno Sungei Besar division chief Datuk Jamal Yunos, who also organised the red shirt rally on Sept 16, as most unbecoming and irresponsible, Dr Wee said Jamal’s threat could cause public unrest.
Earlier Wednesday, Jamal issued a threat to the authorities, saying there would be another rally in Petaling Street on Saturday if demands made at the Sept 16 red shirt rally were not met by Friday.
Dr Wee said Jamal’s acts had not only tarnished his own image as a politician but also the image of the country.
He pointed out to Jamal that there were proper avenues to channel complaints to the Government, and issuing a threat or ultimatum that could trigger public unrest was unlawful.
Cops yet to receive application for Petaling Street rally
Cops yet to receive application for Petaling Street rally https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/313242
The police have yet to receive any applications for a permit to hold another rally in Petaling Street, said deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim.
Noor Rashid said he is made to understand that there had been calls for a rally in Petaling Street this weekend, but the police are unsure of the purpose of the rally.
Nevertheless, he assured that the police is ready to handle any assembly at the popular tourist attraction.
“Whatever it is, we know that the rally will be stopped, and we have taken necessary action to manage this rally,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman today.
The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) yesterday said it, too, has yet to receive any requests to hold a rally there, nor does it have any knowledge of such a rally.
Even so, mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz vowed to put a stop to any such rally.
THIS IS A SCENE OF RED SEPTEMBER 16
Aerial view of the rally at the entrance of Petaling Street. PIX by NORMAN HIU