Jamal stages protest with coffins and hearses against Selangor MB Azmin

 |Feb 14, 2017
Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos speaking to reporters with coffins and hearses outside the Selangor secretariat building.
Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos speaking to reporters with coffins and hearses outside the Selangor secretariat building.

Red Shirt leader Jamal Md Yunos has staged another protest at the state secretariat building in Shah Alam today, this time lining up 16 hearses and coffins.

The protest was not for fun as he demanded answers from Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali over the alleged misappropriation of funds under Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas).

Jamal claimed that assemblymen and constituency coordinators in Kepong, Wangsa Maju, Lembah Pantai, Jeram and Gombak had misused funds allocated for the Skim Mesra Usia Emas Dan OKU (Senior Citizens’ and disabled Friendly Scheme) under the foundation

The scheme was set up to help Selangor senior citizens aged 60 and above as well as disabled people with funeral expenses and other needs.

“I want to a few answers such as the source of the funding, how much have been disbursed from 2008 to 2016.

“Azmin needs to answer to the people of Selangor how does the state government identify those who qualifies for this scheme,” demanded the Red Shirt leader when speaking to reporters outside the state secretariat building.

Jamal said he had received information that RM5 million was lost and not accounted for since it was launched in 2008.

“Azmin needs to answer all these questions.

“If he couldn’t, this is meant for him (Azmin),” said Jamal, pointing at a coffin which he brought out from a hearse with the help of his supporters.

Dressed like a gravedigger in white t-shirt and cargo pants with a white towel tied around his head, Jamal was seen driving the leading hearse.

He arrived at the entrance at about 11am with the others trailing behind him.

The crowd slowly built up and headed to the entrance of the building, which had been closed and chained from 10.20am.

A small scuffle then broke out when a group of youths claiming to be concerned Selangor residents shouted, “balik” (go back) to Jamal and his supporters.

Policemen who were keeping watch on scene then intervened and told the two groups to disperse.

Jamal and his supporters moved further away from the entrance to address the crowd before they slowly dispersed.

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Murali is a contributor to MO. He advocates the principle of practising human rights with responsibility.