Khairy: Don’t let Bersih march to Dataran


PETALING JAYA: The police should prevent Bersih supporters from marching to Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, according to Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said in a media interview that roads designated as marching routes for the Bersih 5 rally should be closed so that the marches would not take place.

The electoral reform group Bersih has called for a street rally in Kuala Lumpur on November 19 to demand the resignation of prime minister Najib Razak and for political reforms.

Khairy told the Sinar Harian newspaper that “incidents like what had happened at Bersih 3” (in 2010) should not be allowed to happen. He alleged that many extreme acts took place, including the flipping of a police car, and shops being broken into.

Journalists and photographers were among those who complained of police violence at the 2010 rally, and a report by the Suhakam, the human rights commission, said the police used “disproportionate force” and noted “incidents of misconduct” by the police against protestors.

Khairy also said agreed with remarks by deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamad that the pro-Umno Red Shirt rally would not exist if the Bersih 5 rally was called off.

“They (Red Shirt) just want to show that they are against Bersih. If Bersih did not do anything then for sure the Red Shirt will not retaliate and so the onus is on Bersih. The best way would be to not allow Bersih 5 to take place,” he said.

Khairy also warned that Umno Youth members participating in Bersih 5 would face disciplinary action by the party.

The Red Shirt movement is led by Sungai Besar Umno division leader Jamal Md Yunos.