Plan for 1m-strong rally in October to back Premier

A Malaysian protester waves flag during the Bersih  rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug 30, 2015.
A Malaysian protester waves flag during the Bersih rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug 30, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR • One million government supporters will stage a rally in October that will trump the weekend protests demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, an Umno division leader in Selangor said yesterday.

"We have decided on Oct 10 for our rally. We will gather at Low Yat, Bukit Bintang and one million 'red shirts' will come down and show support for Najib," Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Yunos said.

"This will show that the Prime Minister, too, has many supporters," Datuk Jamal added.

Tens of thousands of participants gathered around the iconic Merdeka Square over the weekend to demand Datuk Seri Najib's resignation over debt-laden state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi warned the organisers yesterday they could face legal action, a sign that the Najib administration is losing patience with the protests led by electoral reforms group Bersih that began in central Kuala Lumpur last Saturday.

"They must face the consequences if they dare to break the law," he said, according to a New Straits Times online report.

The Bernama national news agency said that 12 people in Malacca were arrested for wearing the signature yellow T-shirts of the protests, which the government had banned before the rally.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2015, with the headline 'Plan for 1m-strong rally in October to back Premier'. Print Edition | Subscribe