Bersih gives go-ahead for supporters to report Jamal

Jamal-Yunos_bersih_merah_600PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 will support all its local organisers who have decided to lodge police reports against Red Shirts movement leader Jamal Yunos.

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections made this declaration in a statement today, following the incendiary comments attributed to the Sungai Besar Umno Division Chief.

“The Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee supports our local organisers in taking this action and urges the police to investigate the statement, which seeks to incite violence and bloodshed.”

Jamal had allegedly made a posting on his Facebook account on September 21, warning of a repeat of the May 13 (1969) tragedy, should the Bersih 5 rally proceed on Nov 19.

The offensive post, under the Facebook page titled “Dato Jamal Yunos” warned that should the Bersih 2.0 movement proceed with its fifth rally, there would be “flying parangs” and a repeat of the May 13, 1969, racial riots.

Jamal has since denied making the post, accusing DAP’s Lim Guan Eng of hiring people to tarnish his name by creating a fake Facebook account under his name and posting the comments.

Following the revelation of the alleged posting, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has also weighed in, tweeting: “This seditious statement is unacceptable. The police will take stern and swift action.”

Bersih said it remains committed to the principles of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and was proud of all the Bersih 5 Convoy participants for remaining peaceful and calm despite provocation from some who support the Red Shirts movement.

“The support from the general public across the country has been overwhelming. We look forward to continuing our work, building awareness leading up to Nov 19 without the threats and intimidation by Umno leaders.”

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