A group of 'orange shirts' took to the streets yesterday, 16 November, to protest against the upcoming Bersih rally happening this Saturday
Malaysiàn Makkal Sakti Party (MMSP) said on its official Facebook page that about 300 youths from the party's youth committee held a protest against Bersih for "conducting illegal gatherings, immature manner of calls for political reforms and uncalled for demands of resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak".
MMSP president Datuk R.S. Thanenthiran said that the protest was a success after seeing that many 'Baju Oren' (orange shirts) came to show their support and gathered together on a Wednesday, which is a working day for many.
The group of supporters in orange shirts lodged a police report against Bersih for allegedly planning to hold an illegal rally on Saturday, 19 November, to overthrow the government at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.
MMSP said that Bersih should not be known as "bersih" (clean) anymore but "kotor" (dirty).
"They are now puppets and have been hijacked by the Opposition."
"Bersih 5 is not like how Bersih 1, 2 and 3 were. They are being used," Thanenthiran told the media yesterday.
He claimed that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have infiltrated Bersih and used it to achieve their political motive, which is to topple Najib's administration.
The party also blames Bersih for the emergence of the Red Shirts group
Thanenthiran stressed that MMSP does not support the Red Shirts group, who is known to oppose Bersih.
However, he said that the Red Shirts "are not able to remain silent" when they see that certain quarters are out to topple their leader.
He added that the Red Shirts would go all out to defend their leader and stressed that "red shirts have risen because of the yellow shirts".
MMSP has been around for some time and has gained the public's attention for demonstrating in orange shirts yesterday
The party was launched on 10 October 2009 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. It has more than 50,000 members to date.
The official website states that MMSP was registered as "a Malaysian political party for all, but clearly drawing its base from Malaysian Indians".
MMSP has listed the following items as the party’s declaration on its website:
1. Together create an Indian society that is competent, strong and politically conscious.
2. Establish a Secondary Tamil School in five years to come.
3.3. Build a distinctive, well-equipped building which includes an auditorium, a multi-purpose hall, and a secretariat office accommodation in five years.
Meanwhile, an UMNO minister said that Malaysians should not participate in the upcoming Bersih rally for this reason: