IGP dismisses Jamal’s threat as ‘war of words’

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KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar today described as nothing more than “a war of words” the declaration of war by Red-Shirts group leader Jamal Md Yunos against electoral reform group Bersih 2.0.

“In my opinion, it is just a war of words. However, if reports are lodged, we will look into the matter,” he told reporters after closing a diploma programme at the Royal Malaysia Police College here.

Khalid also said that the Red-Shirts group, which is a coalition of NGOs, and the Bersih 2.0 group would have to apply for permits prior to any gathering they wished to hold next month.

“Otherwise, the police will act against them,” he said.

Jamal, who was released yesterday evening after being remanded by police for two days, said the Red Shirts group would hold a large-scale protest against the Bersih 5 gathering proposed for Nov 5 at Dataran Merdeka