Jamal released, plans ice-cream protest next

jamal-yunos-bebas-malaysia-1PETALING JAYA: Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos, who was released by police a day before his remand was set to expire, is now planning to hold an “ice-cream eating” protest this Wednesday as a sequel to his ongoing crusade against the beer fest in Selangor.

Jamal, who was released at the Shah Alam district police headquarters at about 7.30pm yesterday, said the state secretariat building (SUK) would once again be the venue of his ice-cream eating protest.

“The next protest that I will lead is non-violent. We will protest at the SUK by eating ice-cream,” the New Straits Times quoted him as saying.

The Red Shirts leader was detained in the early hours of Friday, following his beer bottle-smashing stunt outside the state secretariat office on Thursday morning, which saw him wrecking boxes of beer bottles with a sledgehammer after being barred from delivering them to Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali.

Jamal said the next ice-cream protest on Wednesday at the SUK would be non-violent.

“Nothing is going to stop us. Although I was handcuffed and locked up because of the previous protest, it has done little to hinder me from opposing any beer festival in Selangor,” he was quoted as saying by NST.

The Malaysian NGOs Coalition chairman said he was glad to have been released on bail earlier from the three-day remand, along with seven others, yesterday.

Jamal said he was released early because police had completed their investigations.

He said the beer bottle-smashing stunt was meant to show that drinking alcohol was a bad habit.

He added that the protest was also a message to the state government to stop giving approval for alcohol-related events.