Umno Youth members were not instructed to join in the provocative Red Shirts group’s demonstration against news outlet Malaysiakini yesterday, its chief Khairy Jamaluddin asserted today.
But Khairy who is also youth and sports minister said some might have taken part in the protest without his knowledge.
“We are not involved as an institution.
“Umno Youth wasn’t involved in the protest at Malaysiakini yesterday. If there were any [members] who attended in their personal capacity, I don’t know,” he told reporters after officiating a conference on Youths Against Radicalisation here.
Yesterday, some 700 supporters the Red Shirts movement led by Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos demonstrated in front of Malaysiakini’s office in Jalan Tandang, Petaling Jaya demanding the news portal’s closure following unproven allegations it is still a recipient of funds from American grant network Open Societies Foundations (OSF), founded by billionaire George Soros.
OSF has been accused of attempting to “overthrow the government” via civil society organisations, a claim that the US-based body has denied.
Malaysiakini also stated previously that it only received a one-off grant from OSF for a couple of documentaries meant for its video arm KiniTV in 2011.
The protest ended without incident due to the heavy presence of the police, which included their anti-riot squad.
Source : MELATI A. JALIL@The Malay Mail Online