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Bersih 2.0: Red Shirts must face the law even if rally is cancelled

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The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0) says the Police must pursue the Red Shirts ring leader, Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos even if he cancels his threat to organise an intimidating rally at Petaling Street on 26 September 2015.

Reiterating its support for the right to peaceful assembly, Bersih 2.0 says any rally intending to overawe or compel others by criminal force or to commit mischief is not peaceful and not protected by the Federal Constitution.

Instead, such rallies are ‘unlawful’ under Section 141 of the Penal Code and face a maximum punishment of six months’ imprisonment and fine under Section 143.

Bersih 2.0 welcomes media reports that police will investigate Jamal Md Yunos under Section 143 of the Penal Code.

However, investigations and prosecution must proceed even if he cancels the rally to force authorities’ action on alleged sales of counterfeit products and an end to the allegedly monoethnic monopoly of businesses.

Jamal Md Yunos had made criminal intimidation in the run up to the Red Shirts’ rally on 16 September that non-Muslims may be targeted and personally led a crowd of Red Shirts trying to storm into Petaling Street.

Bersih 2.0 urges the police to demonstrate their professionalism and impartiality by bringing Jamal Yunos to face the music.

If Jamal Yunos gets away after making such criminal threats, the police will be effectively sending an invitation to more groups to imitate the Red Shirts and undermining our ailing economy by chasing away tourists and investors.

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Steering Committee of Bersih 2.0, which consists of:

Chairperson: Maria Chin Abdullah; Deputy Chairperson: Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan; Treasurer: Masjaliza Hamzah; national representatives: Assoc. Prof. Dr Abdul Halim bin Yusof, Farhana binti Abdul Halim, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and New Sin Yew; vice-chairpersons: Jannie Lasimbang (Sabah), Ahmad b Awang Ali (Sarawak), Abd Halim b Wan Ismail (East Peninsula), Thomas Fann (South Peninsula), Simon Lee Ying Wai (Central Peninsula) and Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon (North Peninsula).

25 September 2015

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