The Red Shirts movement has offered to provide 2,000 of its members as security personnel if Bersih 2.0 is willing to change its mega rally location to Shah Alam Stadium.
Its leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos however said he could not rule out the possibility of a clash with Bersih 2.0 on November 19, if the electoral reform group continued with its initial plan.
“If they agree to rally in stadium like the Shah Alam stadium, we are ready to be their guards.
“We will contribute 2,000 people if they rally in a stadium but if they don’t, don’t challenge us, we are ready,” he told reporters outside Dang Wangi police headquarters.
Jamal earlier had a meeting with the police after the group’s application to hold its rally at Dataran Merdeka and Padang Merbok was rejected by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the police.
“We were informed that Bersih’s application was rejected too. We respect [the decision] but as we stated to the police that there will be no red if there is no yellow,” the Sungai Besar Umno division chief said, referring to its group and Bersih 2.0 supporters.
Jamal added that he will mobilise 300,000 of the Red Shirts if Bersih 2.0 went ahead with its plan.
Earlier today, Bersih 2.0 urged the authorities to allow its rally as all preconditions have been met by the organisation.
Bersih 2.0 also assured Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz that it will comply with DBKL’s order and will not enter Dataran Merdeka on the day of the rally.
“We will, however, ‘stubbornly’ go on with our rally in the vicinity of the area,” it said.
The Bersih 5 rally by the polls reform group seeks free and fair elections, a clean government and a stronger democracy.
The street demonstration is scheduled to take place at Dataran Merdeka, with two meeting points for protesters to gather at — Dataran Maybank and Masjid Negara — before heading to the historic square.
Source : MELATI A. JALIL@The Malay Mail Online