PETALING JAYA: Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos has denied putting up a social media posting warning a repeat of the May 13 tragedy, should the Bersih 5 rally proceed on November 19.
His denial comes after Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted about it yesterday, providing a screenshot of the purported posting by Jamal dated September 21. In his tweet, Khalid said: “This seditious statement is unacceptable. The police will take stern and swift action.”
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.
The New Straits Times quoted Jamal, in making the denial, as saying that someone had used his name to create a fake Facebook account.
He also told the daily that four Red Shirts supporters were arrested for assaulting a couple of Bersih supporters on motorcycles in Sabak Bernam, Selangor, last Saturday. The victims were pelted with eggs and one was kicked twice by Red Shirt supporters – the act of which was caught on video.
According to Jamal, the four youths, who were picked up from their respective homes on Sunday, have since been released on police bail.
Jamal said he would give his utmost cooperation to the police and asked that his other supporters who were involved in the assault caught on video, surrender to the police.
Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional leaders have condemned the violent approach taken by Red Shirts supporters against the Bersih motorcyclists.
Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin lashed out at them, saying the violent acts by Jamal and his supporters were “unacceptable.” He also called for police to act against the perpetrators.
Meanwhile MCA President Liow Tiong Lai was quoted by The Star as saying he was “very concerned over the violence”, and that nobody had the right to take the law into their own hands.
Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong also called for action against anyone who sparked racial and religious tension, even if they were supporters of the ruling government.