Hold Bersih rally indoors to avoid chaos, says Keng Liang

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PETALING JAYA: Gerakan youth wants pro-reform group Bersih and other opposition supporters to “come to their senses” and hold rallies in a stadium to avoid chaos and violence as seen in 2012.

The Youth wing leader, Tan Keng Liang, said it would be irresponsible for Bersih and opposition party supporters to hold a demonstration on the streets.

“Don’t place public safety at risk and disrupt the lives of Malaysians. If the Opposition wishes to seize Putrajaya, do it
democratically through the general election, and in accordance with the Federal Constitution,” he said in press statement today.

The Bersih group, whose supporters don yellow t-shirts, is considering plans for a July 30 street rally to ask Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down, following a law suit by the US Justice Department seeking to seize US$1 billion in assets said to have been acquired with money stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Tan said Gerakan acknowledged the rights of anyone to assemble peacefully but added that in the past “we have seen that such demonstration by Bersih had caused chaos and violence in 2012. Private and public property were damaged as well as massive traffic jams affected the lives of those in surrounding areas,” he said.

Plans for a Bersih 5 rally prompted their rivals in the pro-Umno Red Shirt movement to plan a counter-rally.

Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos, who is Sungai Besar Umno division leader, had also held a protest in September in Kuala Lumpur in support of Najib.