PETALING JAYA: Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) have repudiated the actions of a group of anti-Bersih demonstrators who manhandled journalists covering a Bersih convoy on Saturday.
“We are not involved with them,” Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was quoted as saying in a message to Star Online.
MCA president Liow Tiong Lai condemned the actions of the group, saying: “The incident has nothing to do with Barisan, MCA or other component parties”.
Liow also said the BN had nothing to do with the Red Shirt movement, which is led by Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunus.
Yesterday’s anti-Bersih demonstrators, a group of about 20 on motorcycles, were reported to have worn red shirts. However, it was not clear whether they were part of Jamal’s movement.
Tengku Adnan said all Malaysians should live “in the spirit of unity and diversity”. The people should not take the law into their own hands. “Follow the law. We are not run by the law of the jungle.”
Liow said the BN would not support street rallies, violent confrontations and bullying, and called for police action against the attackers. .
He added that the agendas of many non-governmental organisations had been hijacked by opposition politicians and turned into confrontations.
Police have said that three men had been arrested for criminal intimidation.