On the last day of the Bersih 4.0 rally, Sungai Besar UMNO division chief Datuk Jamal Md. Yunos declared that they would hold a rally of 1 million ‘Red Shirts’ to show support for embattled Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. At that time, he said that they had decided to hold the ‘Red Shirt’ rally on the 10th of October 2015 at Low Yat Plaza and Bukit Bintang area.
Why the choice of Low Yat Plaza and Bukit Bintang? They were likely chosen intentionally to piggyback on the anger caused by the riot in the Low Yat Plaza and Bukit Bintang area. If you recall, that riot was precipitated by the attack on the OPPO showroom in Low Yat Plaza, after two young men were caught (and beaten) by the salesmen who caught them.
The Malay Pride Gathering Announced?
Although there has not been any official announcement by UMNO, or Datuk Jamal Md. Yunos, several posts circulating online suggests that the ‘Red Shirt’ event has not just been finalised, but actually brought forward to the 16th of September 2015 – Malaysia Day. These posts also reveal new details of the upcoming rally by the ‘Red Shirts’. Take a look…
- It will be called Himpunan Maruah Melayu or Himpunan Rakyat Melayu Berani Bersatu. In English, that translates to Malay Pride Gathering or United Malay Gathering.
- They appeared to have moved up the date of this gathering to the 16th of September, 2015 to coincide with the Malaysia Day celebrations. The message claims that the gathering is to be held for 12 hours, starting at 12 PM in the afternoon and ending at midnight.
This post by Zulkifli Ahmad from Perkasa confirmed the message. Perkasa, if you recall, is one of the Malay NGOs that organised the protest outside Low Yat Plaza that eventually turned into a mob attack.
If the ‘Red Shirt’ event that Sungai Besar UMNO division chief Datuk Jamal Md. Yunos declared earlier has now been handed over to Perkasa, this shows just how closely linked Perkasa is to UMNO.
- They now have a poster, which shows a silat warrior in front of the Malaysian flag. If you recall, the silat warrior was also a motif in the recent death threat to Chinese supporters of the Bersih 4.0 rally.
- They also have a t-shirt design, although it is really just a red t-shirt with the poster above superimposed.
- The message also claims that 110 divisions (presumably UMNO divisions) have agreed to send a total of 118,800 members to the Malay Pride Gathering.
Our Two Sen
If this message is correct, then the gathering will be far larger than the mob that terrorised the Low Yat Plaza area but falls far short of the 1 million ‘Red Shirts’ promised by Sungai Besar UMNO division chief Datuk Jamal Md. Yunos, or even the 500,000 Malaysians who flocked to the Bersih 4.0 rally over two days.
However, the impact will be greater and definitely disruptive as the Low Yat Plaza and Bukit Bintang areas are congested with people and tourists. In addition, the Himpunan Maruah Melayu (Malay Pride Gathering) is chauvinistic and racist in nature, with underlying threats of violence.
Some have even resurrected the fake myth of the “heroic Selendang Merah” in an effort to incite violence against the Chinese, whom they label as communists who often rape and murder their ancestors. We highly recommend that you read (and share) our recent article, Resurrection of the Murderous Selendang Merah.
We can only hope that the ‘Red Shirt warriors of Malay pride‘ will content themselves to beating each other with sticks and tiles… 😀
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