Datuk Jamal Yunos claimed last night that over 300,000 people have pledged to join the Red Shirts movement to rally against Bersih 2.0 supporters during their fifth mega rally planned on November 19.
The Sungai Besar Umno chief who leads the movement reportedly said that his supporters would be three times as large compared to the crowd that the polls watchdog group managed to pull in Bersih 4 rally last year.
“We will not hesitate to do anything to stop the Bersih rally. For me, our struggle will continue even if we are bathed in blood,” Jamal was quoted saying by news portal Malaysiakini at a press conference at Selangor Umno headquarters last night.
Malaysiakini reported that Jamal has previously claimed that the “blood” he mentioned refers to the red-colour shirts worn by his supporters rather than literally.
Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police has received a notice from the Red Shirts two days ago to hold a gathering at Dataran Merdeka, but on November 5 ― two weeks before Bersih 5.
The meeting last night also saw 60 Malay rights group pledging to join Jamal, purportedly to ensure peace in Malaysia, said the report.
“We are not here because we were paid, we are here voluntarily to say that what Jamal is doing, is also what we want to do.
“We don’t like our country to be threatened and made chaotic, because our country has been peaceful all this while,” Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Warisan Ketuanan Melayu Malaysia president Jaafar Shaari was quoted as saying.
Selangor Umno Chief Tan Sri Noh Omar, who was also present, had warned rally participants to abide by the law.
“Respect the law, nobody is above the law,” he said, adding that even Jamal had been arrested.
Bersih 2.0 is slated to hold the fifth edition of its street protest on November 19 after a nationwide convoy tour for a month.
The rally next month urges for free and fair elections as well as the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for his involvement in 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Source : The Malay Mail Online