Umno grassroots chief vows 1 million ‘Red Shirts’ in KL on Oct 10 to counter Bersih 4 rally

File picture shows supporters of pro-democracy group Bersih 2 gather near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, August 29, 2015. — Reuters pic
File picture shows supporters of pro-democracy group Bersih 2 gather near Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, August 29, 2015. — Reuters pic

SABAK BERNAM, Aug 30 — Seeking to prove that Datuk Seri Najib Razak is able to muster more supporters than the on-going Bersih 4 rally in the national capital, Sungai Besar Umno division chief promised today he will gather one million people to rally behind the prime minister in the streets of Kuala Lumpur on October 10.

Datuk Jamal Md Yunos told a news conference after opening the Sungai Besar Umno divisional meeting here that he was confident he could easily top the tens of thousands who flooded the streets around Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur in response to electoral reform group Bersih 2.0’s call to pressure Najib into resigning from office, now into its second day.

“We have decided on October 10 for our rally. We will gather at Low Yat, Bukit Bintang and 1 million ‘Red Shirts’ will come down and show support for Najib,” Jamal said.

“This will show that the prime minister too has many supporters,” he added.

Tens of thousands participants gathered around Dataran Merdeka this weekend to demand Najib’s resignation over the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The crowd started marching from various points in Kuala Lumpur around 2pm yesterday.

Separate rallies were also held simultaneously in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; Kuching, Sarawak and several other cities worldwide pressing for the same demands.

A group of pro-government supporters who wore uniformed red shirts — hence their moniker — had last week promised a “showdown” with the yellow-clad Bersih 4 participants this weekend.

Their plans to hold a “Bersih 4 Peace” rally yesterday was called off after Jamal who is also a spokesman for the “Red Shirts,” had met with Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajuddin Mohd Isa and Dang Wangi police chief Zainol Abu Samah.

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