Red is the colour of blood and fire, and looking at the way the Red Shirts are behaving, it means just that two for Malaysia.
It is obvious from the many videos uploaded by Red Shirts that they are all either card-holding Umno members or teenage boys who were paid to terrorise the Bersih people. It does not take a rocket scientist to decipher that out, for they themselves shout it out loud and clear, no matter what some Umno leaders may have said.
The more scary thing is that Jamal’s creation is turning into a Frankenstein of which he will soon lose control of completely, and in some videos, the fear on Jamal’s face can already be seen as he tries to calm down screaming, shouting, out of control followers.
“Burn the bike! Beat him up! Kick him! Get lost!“ says the crowd to the Bersih convoy and policemen in Sabak Bernam, Selangor in one video.
“We, Umno Youth, do not want Bersih. Don’t touch me!” shouts a leader in Alor Star, Kedah to the policeman and the Bersih convoy in another video.
“We will go down to all the locations of the Bersih convoy to stop them!” says Datuk Jamal Yunos as he launched the Red Shirt Movement Version 2.
All that we see with the Red Shirts are gangster-like behaviour and terrorising of the public, as police personnel get sandwiched in between screaming Red Shirts and terrified Bersih participants.
It is obvious from videos that were uploaded – not only by Bersih people but also by Red Shirts – that the ones using more force and provoking are from the latter group.
The top leaders of Umno are all safe and sound in their comfortable homes, as Jamal puts his life at stake in trying to do their dirty work for them. No one knows why Jamal is willing to do it, despite the dangers of being attacked by his own Frankenstein of rowdy unruly youths. One can only deduce Jamal has been promised much rewards. How much, we have yet to know.
As for Bersih supporters – who are all docile for now – one must realise that they too are human beings, and a human being can only take that many insults and threats to the face. The spark will soon start to heat up and then the fire will begin to burn.
As for the police, it is very pitiful to see the ground personnel trying their best to keep the Red Shirts from pushing them. The leaders of the Red Shirt are from the ruling party, and if police should arrest Jamal and the Red Shirt followers for breaking the laws, the police would be “in trouble”.
Should things really get fiery and out of control, the first casualties will not be from Bersih or Red Shirt but from the police, for they are in between now, unless they bolt. However, as seen in the videos, there is quite a big number of traffic policemen and constables who cannot stand doing nothing as Red Shirts lunge toward the Bersih participants.
It can also be seen that some of these constables are biting their tongues from replying to the Red Shirt people.
It is sad to see the disrespect for authority by this young blood being boiled by the Red Shirt Movement, for all Red Shirts seem to be young, whereas in Bersih, there are many senior citizens taking part in the convoy.
Although the Red Shirts will argue that they are only following Bersih’s way of making their voice heard by taking to the streets, Jamal and his friends must remember that the way they are doing it is nothing like that of Bersih’s, and what we are hearing are not voices but force, threat and violence, all against the laws.
How long will these sparks be fanned and will it cost lives? These are the topmost questions now.