JERANTUT, Malaysia - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has questioned the patriotism of those participating in the Bersih 4 rally taking place close to Merdeka celebrations.
"This is the time for us to stand together, hand in hand, despite our differences. We should fly the Jalur Gemilang and count our blessings that we live in a peaceful country.
"But what is happening only goes to show that these people do not love the country," said the Umno president when opening the Jerantut Umno division meeting.
Najib, who is also Prime Minister, said many people had died for Malaysia to achieve independence but instead of honouring them and celebrating their success, the rally is splitting the people apart.
Bersih 4 organisers are holding a two-day rally beginning Saturday, with a mass gathering to take place in Dataran Merdeka.
The police have declared the rally illegal while the Home Ministry has banned the use of yellow-coloured attire or materials bearing the words "Bersih 4".