PETALING JAYA: A DAP leader has questioned the police stand on Jamal Md Yunos’s reported threat to stop the Bersih 5 rally “even if bathed in blood”.
Teresa Kok, MP for Seputeh, asked if the police would pick up Jamal, who leads the Red Shirts movement, for his remarks.
She said in a statement that Jamal had reportedly claimed the support of 300,000 people to rally against Bersih, an electoral reform group, on Nov 19 when a street rally is planned to be held in Kuala Lumpur.
Kok said Jamal was quoted as having said at a press conference at Selangor Umno headquarters that ‘We will not hesitate to do anything to stop the Bersih rally’ and that ‘For me, our struggle will continue even if we are bathed in blood’.
She asked if the Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, would only just say that Jamal was indulging in a “war of words”, as he had done with Jamal’s previous threat of war on Bersih.
Kok, who is DAP national vice-chairman, said that Jamal, an Umno divisional leader, knew how to play the game of war of words, but she reminded the IGP that Red Shirts followers had carried out violent actions against Bersih supporters conducting weekend road convoys at various towns.
“It is unwise for the IGP to simply dismiss them as a mere war of words,” she said. Although Jamal had clarified that “bathed in blood” meant the Red Shirts’ own blood, not that of others, the police should view what he said with seriousness.
She questioned the manner in which Umno allowed its members to carry out personal activities that threatened the democratic rights of the minority to peacefully assemble.