KUALA LUMPUR: With the Bersih 5 rally less than a week away, Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos has renewed his vow to stop the peaceful rally in “whatever way they can” despite Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah promising a non-violent protest.
Jamal who is also head of the Sungai Besar Umno division, said the security of the capital city will have to take a back seat during the Bersih 5 rally on Nov 19.
“Whatever is going to happen I don’t care, security issues will be number 2 on our list. For us, it is crucial to stop them (Bersih 5) in whatever way.
“We are going to be where and whenever Bersih is going to be. For us, our main intention is to stop Bersih from carrying out a rally,” he told FMT.
He said this when asked to respond to the advice given by Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin that both movements ensure peace during the protest.
Voicing his disagreement with Khairy, Jamal said, “We do not agree with Khairy. We do not want Bersih to exist.”
Maria, however, promised a peaceful rally. “Even if the Red Shirts attack us we will not fight back. If they block our way, we will just sit down. The violence comes from the Red Shirts,” she said.
Maria said Bersih will leave the matter to the police.
She added that the election watchdog had a clean track record of peaceful assemblies and that it was the Red Shirts who had been causing trouble, and that the police should keep an eye on them.
The Bersih 5 rally is scheduled for Nov 19 in central Kuala Lumpur, with plans to march towards Dataran Merdeka.