PETALING JAYA: Gerakan Merah leader Mohd Ali Baharom is organising a forum featuring not only BN leaders but also Opposition members.
He says inviting Opposition leaders was one way to move towards “professionalism”.
The forum is titled “Street Rallies and the Country’s Future”.
Ali said among the panellists attending would be Bersih Chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, Malaysian Human Rights Society President S Ambiga, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Commissioner Amar Singh and Umno minister Noh Omar.
It is to be held on Nov 13 in Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, said Ali, who is better known as Ali Tinju.
He said this will prove Gerakan Merah is not a “gangster movement”.
“We are bringing a wind of change for the people so they can make their own judgments.
“Maria, don’t feel shaken. Ambiga, don’t feel threatened. Azmin, be brave for the truth,” he told FMT.
He also said invitations will be issued to the Kuala Lumpur traders’ associations, as well as the heads of main shopping complexes in the city, and tourism groups.
Ali, however, appears to have jumped the gun by sending out the press invite before approaching those he wished to speak at the forum.
When contacted, Maria said she had not received any invitation to attend or even speak at the forum. She said she was completely in the dark about it.
“Ali Tinju is organising a forum? I am unaware of it,” she told FMT.
Ambiga echoed the same remarks, saying: “I don’t know anything about it.”
Ali Tinju later clarified this with FMT, saying although he had invited the press to the forum, he had not contacted any of the panellists, except for the Selangor menteri besar’s office.
Even the Concord Hotel has yet to be confirmed as the forum’s venue, he added.
“The forum is still some time away, so we will send out the invitations next week.
“But I hope those invited will come so we debate in a proper and professional manner.
“As the organiser, I guarantee that the forum will be safe, and that the language used will be proper,” said Ali.