Jamal: No problem in bike convoy, Sept 16 gathering will be calm

Jamal: No problem in bike convoy, Sept 16 gathering will be calm

PETALING JAYA: The “red shirt” motorcycle convoy held here on Saturday around Tasik Titiwangsa and the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) went on without any incident.

This, said the chairman of Malay non-governmental organisations coalition Datuk Jamal Md Yunus, was proof that the Sept 16 rally would also go smoothly and peacefully.

The organiser of the proposed red shirt rally has now agreed to follow the National Silat Federation’s (Pesaka) lead and gather at Padang Merbok here.

They, however, plan to take a leisurely walk from Bukit Bintang to the field.

 Jamal said the motorcycle convoy, which was saw an estimated 1,000 supporters taking part, was peaceful and it was organised to show the organisation’s preparedness for the Sept 16 rally.

“We only want peace, but some people out there are trying to paint a negative picture about us, saying that we are out to create trouble,” Jamal said yesterday.

“We are gathering to show solidarity in support of social justice, stated in the Federal Constitution.”

The bikers, sporting “Bersih 4 Keamanan” (Bersih 4 peace) red T-shirts, gathered around Tasik Titiwangsa at 3pm before heading towards the PWTC to promote and sell red T-shirts to the public.

Jamal said similar programmes would be held across the country to maintain the momentum for the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu (people’s unity gathering) on Wednesday.

“We are planning the convoy in Penang, Johor and even Sabah and Sarawak. We are doing this to instil patriotism among Malaysians for them to become more united.

“Our rally is also to urge the authorities to take action against those who defame and are out to topple the Government,” said Jamal.

Malay Islam NGOs joint-secretary Durrany Izam said the convoy went around Titiwangsa and did not go to Bukit Bintang or Low Yat Plaza.

“It was pictures of the convoy which was organised on Saturday,” he said of the images that went viral over social media.

“If we are organising anything, we will text the media. For now, we will be part of the Sept 16 rally,” he said.

-THE STAR ONLINE