Umno man plans rally targeting opposition chief Wan Azizah

KUALA LUMPUR • Umno division leader Jamal Md Yunos, spokesman for a mass rally against Chinese businesses in Kuala Lumpur two weeks ago, has announced plans for another rally - this time in Selangor.

Datuk Jamal, leader of the Himpunan Maruah Melayu (Malay Dignity Uprising) movement, on Sept 16 marched with fellow protesters to Petaling Street where Chinatown was located, but was blocked by police from entering the street.

A second rally slated for Sept 26 did not materialise.

But Mr Jamal told the New Straits Times on Sunday that another gathering was in the pipeline, adding that it would target opposition leader and Kajang assemblyman Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

He told the newspaper the rally would consist of disgruntled Kajang residents who accused the Parti Keadilan Rakyat president of failing to deliver on her promises to the constituents.

"I have on three occasions met Kajang folk, comprising Malays, Chinese and Indians, who claimed they had previously supported Wan Azizah, but have since felt they were cheated, and were disappointed with her," the Sungai Besar division chief was quoted as saying.

"Most of the residents claimed she had yet to resolve their flash flood woes, which cost traders hundreds of thousands of ringgit in losses."

Details of the "large-scale" gathering, including the expected turnout, would be announced at a press conference on Oct 11, he added.

Mr Jamal was arrested last Friday under Section 105 of the Criminal Procedure Code over his alleged threat to cause a riot in Petaling Street. He was freed the next night.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters on Saturday the party would wait for the outcome of the police probe before deciding on any disciplinary action against Mr Jamal, The Star reported.

Dr Wan Azizah came under fire when she contested and won the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election in May, with Kajang residents questioning whether she would be able to serve both wards.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2015, with the headline 'Umno man plans rally targeting opposition chief Wan Azizah'. Print Edition | Subscribe