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PKR MP Files Motion To Debate Red Shirts

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PETALING JAYA: Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin has filed a motion in Parliament to debate the alleged threats of violence and intimidation posed by the Red Shirt group.

The PKR vice-president said the motion needed to be debated urgently as the group led by Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos had allegedly threatened public order with their acts of provocation against electoral watchdog Bersih.

“Jamal Yunos has several times cast open threats against Bersih, which is clearly a crime under Malaysian law. However, no action has been taken by the police against him.

“It is hoped that debating this motion will lead to a consensus on resolving this issue which has surfaced due to these provocative acts and to decide immediate action by the authorities against the Red Shirt extremists,” Shamsul Iskandar said in a written notice submitted to Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

In his motion, the Opposition MP also urged Parliament to summon Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar over what he perceived to be “slow action” by the police against Jamal and his followers.

He added that the Red Shirts’ threat of violence during this Saturday’s Bersih 5 protest was against the country’s practice of a healthy democracy.

Jamal had recently filed a police report claiming that he was punched by supporters of PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin during a scuffle between the Red Shirts and Bersih supporters in a shopping mall in Ampang on Sunday.

However, video evidence later indicated that the Red Shirts leader was surrounded by police officers trying to control the situation at the time.

He could also be heard in the video shouting that police had hit him, although he later told reporters that it was one of Zuraida’s men.

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