Yellow Shirts warned not to provoke

Oct 9, 2016
Some unwanted incidents broke out during the Bersih convoy.
Presence of Red Shirts would not deter Yellow Shirts to hold Bersih 5.0 rally on Nov 19, said Maria Chin.

Penang Umno Youth chief Rafizal Abdul Rahim has warned the Yellow Shirts not provoke Red Shirts to avoid untoward incidents.

He assued that Red Shirts in Penang would not act violently unless being provoked by Yellow Shirts.

“The Red Shirt objective is to stop the Bersih rally from taking place as it will disturb the peace in the country. Hence, don’t provoke us if you don’t want unwanted things to happen,” he warned.

Rafizal said that the Yellow Shirt convoy of Bersih 5 in Penang did not receive much support from the public due to graft charges against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“Guan Eng’s reputation has been tarnished and he himself did not walk the talk. How are the people going to believe the demands made by Bersih if its counterpart is facing corruption charges?” he said.

Rafizal said the Red Shirts in Penang were ready to face the Yellow Shirts if they still gathered without a police permit as the Yellow Shirts were attacking their leader.

During the gathering at Gurney Drive last week, some 3,000 Red Shirt youths on  motorcycles demanded Guan Eng to resign and claimed that the Yellow Shirt rally was a political move to oust elected Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Yellow Shirt leader Maria Chin Abdullah has said the political group’s rally would not be affected by Guan Eng’s case as she believed that “he is innocent until proven guilty by the court”.

As it is, Yellow Shirts have laid out plans for its upcoming Bersih 5.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19 despite warnings from the Red Shirts to call it off.

Maria Chin said the locations for the rally, however, would not be disclosed yet to the public until the right time.

“We will go through with the rally as planned and we will have our own security team. We hope to assistance from the police to maintain order during the rally,” she said when contacted by Bernama on Sunday.

The Yellow Shirts have been cautioned by the Red Shirts to stop the Bersih 5.0 rally.

“The Red Shirt participants had been violent but their threats will not stop us. They had acted like gangsters and action should have been taken against them.

“As for our side, security measures had been taken,” she said.

Last week, the Red Shirts clashed with the Yellow Shirts at a number of locations, including in Teluk Intan, during convoys to promote the Bersih 5.0 rally.