NGO Reps Defile Bersih Chairperson's Effigy And Issue Threats At Anti-Bersih Gathering

The group, claiming to be supporters of PM Najib Razak, are demanding for the police to put a stop to the Bersih 4 rally this 29 and 30 August.

Cover image via Lim Huey Teng / Malaysiakini

Gabungan NGO-NGO Malaysia gathered in front of a shopping complex in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman yesterday (20 August) to call for police action in stopping the upcoming Bersih rally

The assembly today was attended by 15 non-governmental organisations such as the Malay Army Veterans Association, Ex-Army Traders Association and the Mind and Social Care Organisation.

According to chairperson Jamal Md. Yunos, previous Bersih rallies have caused conflict in the country and affect the country's image in foreign tourists' eyes

"I am calling on police to take stern action against its organisers, especially its chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah. I am calling on police to arrest and charge those involved as previous assemblies brought a host of problems," he said when speaking at the assembly in front of Sogo shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur today.

Jamal also threatened to gather 30,000 people to protest against the Bersih 4 rally on 29 August,

"They will face 30,000 people against the rally if they continue with it," said the coalition's leader Jamal Mohd Yunos.

"We will also not hesitate to gather 6,000 to 7,000 people to open up stalls in front of Maria's house."

He also demanded that Bersih organisers reveal details of their funding, claiming that protesters are being paid to participate in rallies

"As such, I am calling on police to investigate how Bersih obtain their funds," he said, adding that the assembly had affected the operation of business in the area.

He, however, declined to reveal the individuals involved, citing "safety concerns".

The group, who claims to be supporters of PM Najib Razak, then defiled a cardboard cutout of Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah by pouring red syrup over it before stomping on the cutout and dumping it in the trash

Meanwhile, a pro-BN group plans to hold a concurrent rally on 29 and 30 August to counter Bersih 4.0

Himpunan Solidariti Untuk Mu Malaysia (Solidarity gathering for you Malaysia) aims to gather about 10,000 people at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), a few kilometres from Dataran Merdeka.

Chairman Zulkarnain Mahdar said they will have a ceramah by an anti-violence activist, apart from marching on the streets with banners and posters depicting #KamiSayangMalaysia. They also hope to pass a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s representative on the pledge to the King and country.

But it seems like Bersih organisers are taking it all in stride. After all, this is not the only roadblock they are facing:

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