EVEN AS JAMAL ACCUSES MARIA CHIN OF FAKING ‘BULLET’ DEATH THREAT, WANITA UMNO GIVES HIM STANDING OVATION
KUALA LUMPUR― The live bullet sent to Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah was an “act to gain sympathy”, claimed “Red Shirts” leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos.
Commenting on the bullet that Maria said was sent to her home along with the third death threat she has received, he asserted that the electoral reforms group was losing support.
“This is just a ploy to gain sympathy,” Jamal told reporters at the sidelines of the Umno general assembly here today.
“She only has influence among her followers. We saw that Bersih 5 failed. Now she will create stories and slander to cover up that failure,” he added.
However, Jamal said that police will handle the case in the event it is genuine.
Maria was detained using the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act on the eve of the Bersih 5 rally on November 18 and was kept in solitary confinement for 10 days.
Jamal, who had led his group to rally against Bersih 2.0, was also arrested on the eve of the rally.
MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:
The Sungai Besar Umno division chief showed up at the assembly today with a placard criticising PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, labelling the latter as a slanderer.
Jamal said that Rafizi had tarnished the reputation of Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil over the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal, and that the women’s wing of the party should not believe him.
“The women will never forget what he has done, until Shahrizat had to leave her position,” he added.
Sungai Besar Umno division head Jamal Md Yunos was greeted with thunderous applause when he made an appearance at the Wanita Umno annual assembly today.
Jamal, who strung a large cut-out depicting PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli from his neck, was invited on stage to acknowledge his supporters.
The cut-out was accompanied with a text which claimed that Rafizi had defamed Wanita Umno head Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Several Wanita Umno delegates could be heard thanking Jamal for standing up for their leader.
Umno supreme council member Ismail Sabri was seen giving Jamal a standing ovation when he entered the hall.
Earlier, Jamal worked the floor at Putra World Trade Centre, shaking hands and posing for photographs.
Jamal told reporters that he wanted to highlight the fact that Rafizi’s allegations against the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) had hurt Shahrizat’s career.
“We must remind ourselves of Rafizi and his actions. My message is that because of Rafizi, the Wanita Umno head had to step down as a minister.
“Umno members must remember this. Although Rafizi has been given a jail sentence, his effect on Umno will not be forgotten,” he said.
‘Jamal got the details wrong’
Apart from Shahrizat, said Jamal, many others in Umno had fallen victim to Rafizi’s slander.
“He accused the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor of buying a ring for RM24 million.
“But when Rosmah tried to sue, he said he was merely joking. Therefore, I feel compelled to remind Umno members that Rafizi is a kaki fitnah (person who likes to slander),” he said.
In an immediate reaction, Rafizi said the message on Jamal’s cut-out was factually wrong because Shahrizat had withdrew her defamation suit in 2012.
Rafizi said that he did not apologise to Shahrizat.
On Jamal’s attempt to link Rafizi’s 18-month jail sentence with Shahrizat, the PKR politician said: “He is definitely an idiot.”
Rafizi was given a 18-month jail sentence for breaching the Official Secrets Act 1972, which had nothing to do with Shahrizat.
He lost a defamation suit brought by NFC last month and was ordered to pay RM200,000 in damages. NFC is headed by Shahrizat’s husband.