Anyone can attend 'colour-blind' rally, says organiser

Anyone can attend 'colour-blind' rally, says organiser
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PETALING JAYA - The organiser of the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu (People's Unity Gathering) tomorrow has promised that it is going to be a "colour-blind" affair.

National Silat Federation (Pesaka) president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam said everyone was welcome and they could wear whatever colour they wish.

"Anyone can attend the rally aimed at showing unity," said Mohd Ali.

Pesaka is the only organisation that applied for a permit from Kuala Lumpur City Hall and police.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said the permit was granted only to Pesaka to assemble at Padang Merbok.

"So far, only Pesaka requested for a permit.

"We have granted permission on condition that the organisers abide by police orders," he said.

Datuk Jamal Mohd Yunus, who leads a federation of 250 Malay-based non-government organisations, said the group's members would wear red and join Pesaka's rally in Padang Merbok.

"Our supporters will be coming from all over the country and they would start walking from wherever they wish.

"As the rally on Padang Merbok is scheduled only at 4pm, those from out of town are free to go anywhere they wish.

"They can go shopping in Low Yat (Plaza) or Sogo. This is a free country.

"People can walk freely on the street," he said.

Jamal hoped that this would be the last rally.

"We are mobilising our supporters to tell Bersih organisers not to ever hold another rally with the intention of toppling democratically elected leaders," he said.

Jamal also reminded participants against breaking any law and doing anything foolish and provocative.

"Each will be responsible for his own conduct. Do not do anything foolish, as we do not condone any form of violence.

"If you break the law, you pay," he said.

In a related development, Otai Reformasi member Ronnie Liu said they would deploy 500 members to monitor the rally.

"Most will go undercover, wearing red shirts," said Liu, who is also Selangor DAP publicity secretary.

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