Bersih 2.0 said it was not opposed to the “Red Shirts” rallying when Bersih 5 takes place on November 19, but urged Umno leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos to ensure his supporters did not cause trouble.
In an interview with Malay newspaper Sinar Harian, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and her deputy, Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari, reported that the organisers had invited all political parties including Umno and Barisan Nasional coalition to partake in the fifth Bersih rally.
“There is no problem for Red Shirts to come (on November 19), but I hope they will not bring any violence because this is a peaceful assembly.” Maria was quoted as saying.
“Anyone can get involved if they agree with Bersih 5 agenda. For Bersih rallies and activities, we always invite all people regardless of their political beliefs,” she said.
Maria added that Bersih 2.0 had also held a meeting with islamist party PAS and respected the party’s decision to not join the rally.
Shahrul said the objective of the rally was not to cause violence or fights, as they wanted a repeat of last year’s uneventful Bersih 4.
“We will cooperate with the police and hope that the security will carry out their jobs to ensure no untoward incidents happen,” he said adding that the group has prepared 1000 volunteers as security officers on that day.
The Red Shirts movement, which was formed last year to stage a counter-rally against Bersih 2.0’s Bersih 4 rally, has vowed to counter this year’s Bersih 5 rally.
Jamal has repeatedly warned Bersih 2.0 to call off the rally, saying that “anything can happen, including violence”, if the two rival groups should clash.
He is already under police investigation for sedition over a Facebook post alluding to the race riots of May 13, 1969.
Source : The Malay Mail Online