THE RED SHIRTS ARE HERE!
Who pays them?
Despite wearing the crimson colours of Najib’s United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Jamal denies being bankrolled by the party, saying funding comes from his own various businesses.
10 Nov 2016
KOTA KINABALU: Moyog Assemblyman Terence Siambun has submitted a motion on Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos to Sabah Assembly Secretary Bernard Dalinting.
The motion, according to Siambun’s statement in the Daily Express, calls for Jamal to be blacklisted by Sabah and barred from entering the state.
“The motion must be allowed by Speaker Syed Abas Syed Ali and debated. The Red Shirts are racist,” he was quoted as saying.
The motion, he added, was about safeguarding peace in Sabah. He said the people of Sabah were disgusted with the gangster-like behaviour of Jamal and his group.
He called on Chief Minister Musa Aman not to be influenced by the fact that Jamal Yunos was Umno Sungai Besar division chief.
“Musa must stand with the people,” said Siambun. “Public order in Sabah must not be jeopardised by the presence of any Red Shirt.”
Siambun, who recently defected from PKR to Parti Warisan Sabah (PWS), pointed out the Red Shirts began by intimidating Chinese who supported Bersih 2.0, the movement for clean, free and fair elections, among others.
“Jamal Yunos urged his supporters to take the law into their own hands,” the Sabah lawmaker who recently became PWS treasurer, was quoted as saying.
He argued that it was a clear-cut situation where the Red Shirts leader was a law-breaker.
“Anything can happen. I am not saying we will use violence. Anything can happen, including violence,” he said in an interview.
Malaysia rightist firebrand warns of political violence
The anti-graft campaign culminates with a planned November 19 rally in Kuala Lumpur to demand Najib quit and be charged — which Jamal, 46, is vowing to confront with his Red Shirt army.
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian rightist figure has vowed that his supporters will confront a planned large-scale protest against corruption-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak this month, warning ominously that “anything can happen, including violence.”
Jamal Yunos and his “Red Shirts” group are widely dismissed as ruling-party thugs-for-hire who seek to suppress any moves against Najib over a huge graft scandal.
But Jamal’s confrontational tactics and racially charged rhetoric have stirred growing unease in a country where open political violence is rare.
Mobs of Red Shirts have assaulted reform advocates staging a weeks-long roadshow through Malaysia to highlight the corruption scandal.
UMNO-led coalitions have dominated Muslim-majority Malaysia for decades but have steadily ceded ground in recent elections. The next polls are due within 18 months.
The Red Shirts embody the “desperation” of a hardline Malay elite fearful of losing power to moderate Malays and the Chinese minority, but the group likely enjoys little public support, Welsh said.
Malaysian police have vowed to prevent unrest on November 19, and Jamal’s threat to unleash 300,000 Red Shirts is widely dismissed.
Najib, who has veered sharply right in recent years as his woes mounted, has not denounced the Red Shirts despite Jamal’s provocative comments, which include warning of a repeat of deadly May 1969 race riots that still haunt the multi-cultural nation.
“I, and the Reds group, also want to remind (people) that it is possible the (1969 racial riots) incident can happen again if political groups or Malaysians put their interest ahead of peace and harmony,” Jamal told AFP.
Jamal Yunos a threat to both sides
He has now planted himself firmly in the political arena and he needs to be removed.
The Malaysian political scene has become even more of a farce since the Sungai Besar Umno division chief and head of the infamous Red Shirts forced his way into the public eye with his ham-handed approach to race relations and national harmony.
It began a few months ago with a few public protests here and there, ostensibly in the name of defending Malay-Muslim pride and Prime Minister Najib Razak. Since then, his crusade against the parliamentary opposition and electoral watchdog Bersih has built up considerably. His inflammatory words, repeated with fervour by his legion of helmet-wielding, kapchai-straddling zealots, are shared on social media by both his supporters and detractors.
Jamal has now planted himself firmly in the political arena and he needs to be removed.
He has become a danger not only to the people and parties he threatens on a daily basis, but to the government and Umno as well.
Let’s be clear: Jamal is a thuggish upstart attempting to beat his way to national relevance. The Inspector-General of Police needs to understand there is no way to avoid “painting the Red Shirts in a bad light”. Jamal has already done that and more. This incident, not to mention his storming of the Malaysiakini office last Thursday and numerous threats against Bersih, is reason enough.
Let us note also that this is the same person that Umno politicians to this day have refused to disown outright. We must therefore question what use Umno has for him. But perhaps we already have the answer, given that there are now people using him and his Red Shirts as an excuse to declare the coming Bersih rally unlawful.
Are the red-shirts on a rampage? http://dlvr.it/MdK16M
COMMENT Whether this should be a question or a statement is for thinking Malaysians to figure out. For the doubters it will be a question; for the perceivers, it will be a statement.
But there is no doubt that the red-shirts are everywhere, confronting and challenging those who are standing up for their rights and for what they believe to be a just cause.
The red-shirts’ blatant conduct and actions have created a tinderbox that could threaten our peace and harmony. They have become bold and outrageous – encouraged by the silence of the top leadership, which has shown more tolerance to them compared to its reaction to the activities of NGOs and the opposition.
The red-shirts have unnecessarily and deliberately provoked the peaceful Bersih 5 convoys at various places and occasions. There was no compelling reason or need to stand in the way of the Bersih convoys, block their passage, assault their members and grab their banners and flags. Such violent behaviour could have incited reaction and retaliation which could have spun out of control.
In a Facebook posting attributed to Jamal Md Yunos, an allegedly seditious posting read, “I promise the May 13 tragedy will repeat along with flying parang if Bersih 5 is held at the time, date and place as planned on Nov 19. Long live Malays!”
On Oct 10, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar had said that police would investigate the Facebook post. Khalid tweeted about it providing a screenshot of the purported posting by Jamal dated Sept 21. In his tweet, Khalid said: “This seditious statement is unacceptable. The police will take stern and swift action.”
Though Jamal was dramatically arrested at the KLIA upon his return from overseas on Oct 19 and remanded for two days, there has been no news of the outcome. The remand has apparently not sobered him or brought him to his senses to behave himself.
On Oct 28, Jamal was quoted as saying, “We will not hesitate to do anything to stop the Bersih rally… For me, our struggle will continue even if we are bathed in blood.”
“Whose blood is he going to spill?” will be the natural question on the lips of thinking Malaysians. Is this what he meant when he was earlier quoted as mentioning “flying parangs”?
Sarawak is the land of the hornbills. West Malaysia has become the land of the red-shirts.
And Umno, the benefactor of the red-shirts, is now claiming it has distanced itself from the red-shirts. But the ‘distancing’ is mere rhetoric without any visible meaning.
If Umno could sack a few ministers for the ‘misbehaviour’ of asking forbidden questions, why has Umno not sacked the leader of the red-shirts, Jamal Md Yunos, head of the Sungai Besar Umno division?
Jamal’s taking of the law into his own hands, such as blocking roads and claiming the blocked areas to be the territory of the red-shirts which the yellow-shirts must not get near or try to pass; his street demonstrations without complying with the same law that Bersih is required to comply with; his open threats to demolish buildings and defend the government even if he becomes bathed in blood, etc, has brought much disrepute, nay even disgrace, to Umno which he represents, by virtue of being head of an Umno division. Or, has he brought honour to Umno?
Even if he swears, or the ministers do so, that he is not acting for and on behalf of Umno, he is not just an ordinary member of Umno but an important official in Umno, being head of a division. That makes him synonymous with Umno. As the Malays say, “mahu tak mahu” (whether you like it or not), to the public, he is part of Umno, and he behaves like a de facto PM of Malaysia, as said by Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
What does the constitution of Umno say about members who bring disrepute to the organisation?
Is Umno an organisation that does not impose a code of conduct on its members?
So Umno information chief Annuar Musa, Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin and others who claim Umno has distanced itself from Jamal should put their words into actions by sacking Jamal from Umno.
Until and unless Jamal is sacked from the party, no amount of ‘distancing’ rhetoric will reflect honesty in their statements. On the contrary, it reflects hypocrisy.