Bung walks the line on Yellow and Red Shirts spat


KUALA LUMPUR: An Umno lawmaker said action should be taken against the Red Shirts movement if they violate any laws.

Saying that he “walked the middle line” when it came to this issue, Bung Moktar Radin said the same principle applied to Bersih 2.0 supporters, whom he labelled as ‘yellow shirts’.

The Kinabatangan Member of Parliament said supporters of the electoral watchdog had previously insulted national leaders.

Last year several Bersih supporters were seen stomping on pictures bearing the images of Prime Minister Najib Razak and PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang.

“If they broke the law, action must be taken,” he said while debating Budget 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat.

The Red Shirts movement were previously involved in scuffles with Bersih supporters.

Last week, the movement’s leader Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Yunos was arrested and questioned over a Facebook statement purportedly threatening a repeat of the May 13 racial riots and for “violent incidents” that occured in Teluk Intan and Sabak Bernam during the Bersih 2.0 convoy.

Bung also defended Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed who had said yesterday that the Red Shirts will stop their antics if Bersih did the same.

“He was not speaking on behalf of the Red Shirts,” Bung said.

This came about after Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) had questioned if Nur Jazlan was representing the Red Shirts when he had said the movement would stop their antics if Bersih did the same.