5 Nov 2016
‘Umno Youth has no links to red shirts rally’
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said his movement had nothing to do with the protest by the red shirts movement yesterday.
“As an institution, we are not involved. We were not involved in the protest outside Malaysiakini’s office,” he told reporters today.
However, he did not dispute the fact that some Umno Youth members may have participated in the protest in their personal capacity.
“I do not know if they were (any Umno Youth members) who attended in their personal capacity.
“But there were no instructions or involvement in terms of Umno Youth as an organisation,” said Khairy.
Umno Youth exco member Armand Azha Abu Hanifah was spotted at the protest.
Annuar: Demo is not Umno, that is Jamal
PETALING JAYA: Umno has nothing to do with the Red Shirts demonstration at the MalaysiaKini office yesterday, said the party’s information chief, Annuar Musa, today.
About 200 members of the Red Shirts movement led by Jamal Md Yunos held a demonstration demanding the close of the news portal. Jamal is head of the Sungai Besar Umno division.
Asked about the protest by reporters at a press conference at Selangor Umno headquarters today, Annuar responded: “Why ask me? The Red Shirts have nothing to do with Umno.”
He said Jamal had never consulted Umno regarding the Red Shirts demonstrations. “That is not Umno. That is Jamal,” he said.
Jamal and red-shirts dump rubbish from protest at M’kini’s gate
Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos and his followers have dumped several bags of rubbish generated from their rally at Malaysiakini’s doorsteps.
Initially, the rubbish was left strewn along the road leading to PJ51 Business Park after the rally had ended at about 4pm.
Some of the red-shirts then came back later about two hours later to clean up. They then proceeded to pile it up at Malaysiakini’s front gate.
Jamal, addressing Malaysiakini staff from outside, said the red-shirts were a responsible lot.
“I want to let you all know, we are responsible people.
“We have collected the trash and we are leaving them here.
“This proves that we have collected our trash, thank you,” he said, before leaving
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Police block about 500 red shirts from entering
@malaysiakini‘s office in Petaling Jaya
Blue shirts keep red-shirts at bay, business as usual in M’kini http://dlvr.it/MbfRr9
The road leading to the Malaysiakini office in Petaling Jaya looked like a conflict zone as scores of police vehicles and personnel, including those decked in anti-riot gear, stood guard.
The heavy police presence managed to deter the red-shirt protesters from holding a demonstration directly outside the news portal’s office this afternoon.
Instead, about 700 of them gathered 80 metres away – at the main entrance of PJ51 Business Park which houses a complex of eight buildings, including that of Malaysiakini’s.
At the end of the two-hour protest, the red-shirts however marched within 20 metres of Malaysiakini office, only to be blocked by a wall of 100 police personnel, backed by members of the light strike force and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU).
Behind the blue line were eight police vehicles and three bright red water cannon trucks. There was a standoff for about 30 minutes before the red-shirts decided to disperse.
Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan commended the police for maintaining security of the news portal’s building and staff.
“We lodged a police report yesterday over the threat to ‘tear down’ our building. I’m happy the police took it seriously,” he said.
Meanwhile, it was business as usual in Malaysiakini, with dozens of journalists and editors working inside the building while the red-shirts protested outside.
Red Shirts rally for Malaysiakini’s closure
PETALING JAYA, Nov 5 — About 200 members of the Red Shirts movement staged a protest today at Malaysiakini’s office here, demanding for the news portal to be shut down.
More are expected to join the demonstration by the pro-government movement later.
More than 300 red shirts gathered outside the compound of PJ51 Business Park where Mkini is located.
The red-shirts movement led by Sungai Besar Umno division head Jamal Md Yunos are currently demonstrating near Malaysiakini‘s office this afternoon.
They are protesting against the funding of several local groups by Open Society Foundation (OSF), a grant making organisation run by billionaire George Soros.
According to Jamal, Soros was responsible for the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 and funded revolutions in many countries throughout the world.
He said the OSF was trying to meddle with Malaysia’s electoral process.
Initially, the red-shirts were supposed to gather today at Dataran Merdeka as a prelude to their Nov 19 counter-rally against Bersih 5.
The authorities have banned them from gathering at Dataran Merdeka and therefore the group chose to rally at Malaysiakini‘s office instead.
Police from the Petaling Jaya police district and Federal Reserve Unit have been surrounding the PJ51 Business Park, where Malaysiakini and several other businesses are located, since morning.
Red Shirts rally at Malaysiakini office http://dlvr.it/Mbdf8V
The Malaysiakini news room while the red shirts are protesting outside.
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The red shirts are starting to arrive in school and factory buses outside the Malaysiakini compound. They number around 300 right now.
Protests are good for business. A vendor opens up a food truck near
@malaysiakini. Red-shirts and cops alike buy fried snacks and drinks
Red Shirts gather outside Malaysiakini office amid heavy police presence
4 Nov 2016
Red-shirts’ threat to tear down Malaysiakini? We’ll see, says IGP
Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said the cops will see what happens during the possible red-shirts demonstration in front of the Malaysiakini office this Saturday.
“We will see (on) Saturday,” he told a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today.
He said this when asked if police will take action against red-shirts leader Jamal Md Yunos for his threat yesterday to “tear down” part of the Malaysiakini office on the planned red-shirts rally on Saturday.
Jamal had threatened to do so if he did not receive an explanation over a grant Malaysiakini received from Open Society Foundations (OSF).
“Yeah, he (Jamal) has been making a lot of statements, but nothing comes (of it),” the IGP said, when asked if Jamal’s threat was criminal intimidation.
The IGP added that if Malaysiakini viewed Jamal’s remarks as a threat, the news portal should lodge a police report.
3 Nov 2016
Malaysiakini editors explain OSF grant to Jamal over coffee https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/361543
Some 100 red shirt protesters led by their leader Jamal Md Yunos gathered outside the Malaysiakini office demanding an explanation over the grant the news portal received from Open Society Foundation (OSF), which is linked to American billionaire George Soros.
The group chanted “Merah, Merah” (Red, Red) and “Hancur Soros” (Destroy Soros) while a team of police personnel, including the light strike force maintained security.
Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan and two other senior editors – chief editor RK Anand and Bahasa Malaysia editor Jimadie Shah Othman – later invited Jamal and 10 other red shirt leaders to coffee at the office cafeteria to discuss the matter.
During the discussion, Jamal emphasised it was a peaceful gathering, but threatened to hold a bigger rally on Saturday and “runtuh” (tear down) a portion of the building if the news portal did not explain the grant issue by then.
“If no explanation is given, we NGOs from across the country will hold a mega protest here of at least 20,000 people.
“We will make sure part of this building will runtuh,” said the Sungai Besar Umno division chief.
Asked by Gan whether he meant physically “destroying” the building, Jamal replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know runtuh macam mana (how it will be torn down). I did not say destroy, you said it.”
The editors then pointed out Malaysiakini had already provided a detailed explanation on the matter, which is available on the website, while its finances are audited annually and available for scrutiny at the Companies Commission.
It was also reiterated that the OSF grant was used for KiniTV to produce news reports related to Sarawak and that the rest of the Malaysiakini‘s operation is fully funded through its income from subscriptions and advertising.
The editors also denied Jamal’s assertion that Malaysiakini was driven by an agenda to destroy democracy, and explained to him that the news portal merely provided alternative views, which are part and parcel of the democratic process.
Apart from this, the editors also noted that providing space for differences of opinions is also an important facet of a democratic nation and did not amount to wanting to destroy the country or topple the government.
Jamal also claimed that the top positions in Malaysiakini were held by opposition members, but Gan explained this was not the case.
After hearing the explanation, Jamal played a video clip on his mobile phone which contained a slew of allegations against Soros.
2 Nov 2016
With Dataran Merdeka out of bounds, red-shirts to protest at Malaysiakini
Umno-linked red-shirts leader Jamal Md Yunos will gather his supporters to protest outside Malaysiakini‘s office this Saturday.
“We see that the most appropriate place to hold it would be at Malaysiakini because they are also recipients of funds from Soros,” he told reporters outside Dang Wangi district police station this afternoon.
He said this when asked to comment on Kuala Lumpur mayor Md Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz’s statement this morning that Dataran Merdeka is out of bounds for red-shirts supporters as well as Bersih 5.