Although the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have said that they will not permit the Malay Pride Rally (Himpunan Maruah Melayu) to take place in Kuala Lumpur, the powers that be are tacitly endorsing the gathering….
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, when asked if UMNO will prevent its members from joining the rally : “No, it’s a free country, as long as they observe the law.”
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi : “The rally will be organised by an NGO and the NGO will invite Umno. It is an individual’s right to attend a rally.“
Interestingly, both leaders expressed completely different opinions about the people’s right to assemble when Bersih 4 organised their rally. Whatever their reasons are for supporting the Himpunan Maruah Melayu, even indirectly, it has made the Red Shirts even bolder.
Death Threats By Red Shirts Ahead Of Rally
A new poster has emerged online of death threats by Red Shirts against the Chinese and Indians, as well as those who support them… including the police. Take a look :
The poster was very explicit in its message :
Here is our English translation :
It actually uses the same silat warrior design as the death threat that was posted up on the walls of Pasar Seni / Petaling Street just before the Bersih 4 rally. For more details, please read our previous article – Chinese Bersih Supporters Threatened With Death.
Who Are The Organisers?
According to Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md. Yunos, the Himpunan Maruah Melayu is being organised by the Persekutuan Silat Kebangsaan Malaysia (Pesaka). According to Datuk Jamal, Pesaka has invited over 750 Malay NGOs to participate in the rally, and will be expecting around 30,000 people to attend.
Datuk Jamal Md. Yunos, if you recall, was the one who who was the one who originally called for a rally by 1 million ‘Red Shirts’ to show support for embattled Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. On his part, he will be mobilising 3,000 members from his Sungai Besar UMNO division to join the rally.
Pesaka appears to be led by Senator Tan Sri Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, formerly the Chief Minister of Melaka. His deputy is Dato’ Haji Md. Sohaimi bin Mohamed Shah, the Pahang state assembly member of Sungai Lembing.
With UMNO leaders openly mobilising their members for this rally, the Himpunan Maruah Melayu appears to be less about Malay pride, and more like an UMNO rally against the DAP. Datuk Jamal Md. Yunos himself said, “Because of the rudeness of Bersih 4, that is why we are gathering at Bukit Bintang to give a clear message to the DAP Chinese not to be impudent to the Malay race“.
With these public death threats by Red Shirts against the police as well as the Indians and the Chinese, one can only wonder about the lack of response from MCA and MIC. We hope that the PDRM does not adopt the same approach of keeping silent and pretending that nothing is going on.
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