Umno leader Datuk Jamal Yunos’s so-called “Red Shirts” have assembled a team of 21 lawyers to act on their behalf for future incidents with the Bersih 2.0 group.
Mohd Imran Tamrin, who heads the team, said the lawyers from different firms were offering their services for free to aid the group’s members who may be involved in more clashes with the electoral reforms group.
“We are here to ensure that the rallies happens smoothly and all the participants’ rights are defended.
“If there is any clashes, there will be havoc because of the tense situation and to face that, we have taken the initiative to form a lawyer squad,” he told reporters in a press conference today.
After the latest clashes in Sabak Bernam last week, the lawyers will also brief the “Red Shirts” on how to avoid trouble with the authorities.
Mohd Imran alleged, however, that not all the altercations were triggered by the “Red Shirts”, and claimed to have information that Bersih 2.0 supporters had provoked the rival group.
He also said that police only called up Jamal to assist in investigations into the weekend’s incidents.
“He currently has some matters overseas and we have informed the police and they understand,” Mohd Imran said.
Jamal and “Red Shirts” members gathered in Sabak Bernam last week to stop the Bersih 2.0 convoy from making their nationwide tour ahead of the November 19 rally.
Members of Jamal’s group were photographed attacking a rival supporter.
Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat yesterday said the incident is under investigation.