GEORGE TOWN, Oct 26 — Hundreds of Umno Youth members, clad in black shirts emblazoned with the Malay words “Pemuda Bangkit” or “Youths Rise”, marched to Komtar today demanding the resignation of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The youths grouped at Menara Umno about 800m away at 1pm before their 2pm march to the landmark tower building that houses the Penang government offices.
Leading the demonstrators dubbed “Himpunan Pemuda Bangkit Pulau Pinang 2016, Ride Against Corruption” were Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun and Penang Umno Youth chief Rafizal Abdul Rahim.
While the state executive committee chaired by Lim huddled around the meeting table, the demonstrators kicked up a din and held up banners stating in Bahasa Malaysia: “step down Guan Eng”, “Guan Eng corrupt” and “destroy Bersih”.
Khairul and Rafizal later stood on the back of a four-wheel drive and shouted for Lim to resign and to call on the police to put a stop to the Bersih 5 rally scheduled to be held on November 19.
“We will continue to hold peaceful protests against Guan Eng until he steps down and against Bersih until they cancel it,” Khairul said.
He later handed a memorandum addressed to Lim detailing their reasons for their demands.
They demanded that Lim resign due to the current corruption case pending against him and that the state government withdraw its support to Bersih 5.
They also demanded that the state government build more low cost housing here while telling the state to stop over-development that is causing flash floods and landslides.
“We want the state government to stop reclamation works as it is affecting the ecosystem and the livelihood of fishermen,” Rafizal said.
The group dispersed after about 30 minutes.
This is the second demonstration by Penang Umno Youth after the first one on October 1.