Umno division leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has offered to take responsibility for any incident in which journalists were injured by members of his “Red Shirts” movement.
The leader of the pro-establishment movement insisted, however, that the clashes between his supporters and the media were not premeditated.
“If there was an incident, I on behalf of the Red Shirts, apologise to the reporters,” he was quoted as saying by mStar Online.
“I apologise if there are any damages or injury, and so on, we will be responsible.”
“Red Shirt” members who were trailing the Bersih 2.0 convoy yesterday were involved in an altercation with reporters in Kuala Selangor, where members of the media were allegedly assaulted.
Journalists from The Star newspaper lodged a report with the police in Kuala Selangor last night.
Despite yesterday’s incident and previous violence involving members of his group seeking to disrupt the Bersih 5 roadshow, Jamal said the “Red Shirts” will continue hounding the electoral reform group’s tour.
Jamal and members of his “Red Shirts” are already under police investigation over at least one incident in Selangor, in which a Bersih 2.0 supporter was pulled off his motorcycle and attacked by the rival group’s supporters.
The electoral reform group is planning to hold the Bersih 5 rally on November 19, while Jamal has pledged to deploy 300,000 supporters in a counter-gathering.
Some Umno leaders have reportedly denounced the “Red Shirts” movement, but the Malay nationalist party continues to be associated with the group owing to Jamal’s position in Umno.
The Malay Mail Online