JOHOR BARU: The organisers of both Red Shirts and Bersih have been urged to call off further rallies, for lack of public support.
In making the call, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said both sides did not get the numbers they expected at their gatherings on Saturday.
“This shows that the rakyat cannot be fooled into joining such rallies. So it is better to stop and not waste the time and resources of the police.
“Each rally requires a police presence and the manpower could be better deployed fighting crime,” he said after visiting a public housing project at Sungai Melana in Taman Perling here yesterday.
On Saturday, there were tense moments at several locations nationwide when Red Shirts supporters clashed with the yellow T-shirt-wearing Bersih activists.
Police broke up a standoff between groups in yellow and red T-shirts in front of the Johor Baru City Council building during the flag-off of the Bersih 5.0 convoy.
In George Town, Penang, exco member Jagdeep Singh Deo urged police to bring to book those behind the Red Shirts assembly, whose supporters clashed with Bersih activists in Gurney Drive.
He said the law required that notice be given to the police prior to an assembly, besides getting a permit.
Speaking after the ground breaking ceremony of a Chinese temple in Lengkok Free School yesterday, Jagdeep said he was not against freedom of assembly or freedom of speech, but these have to be within the confines of the law.
The Red Shirts gathering, which was organised by Umno Youth, converged on Gurney Drive to call for Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to step down.
Police ordered the crowd to disperse because there was no permit for the gathering.