KUALA LUMPUR: Umno members will not be stopped from joining the rally by the so-called "red shirt" group on Sept 16 as long as they observe the law, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Umno president said that while the party was not explicitly involved in organising the "Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu" rally, there were leaders within the party who wished to participate in the rally through their respective NGOs.
"It's a free country, but we have to observe the law and obey police orders.
"The rally should not disrupt public peace, and most definitely should not be used as a platform to spew racial discord," he told reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting on Wednesday.
Najib, who is also Prime Minister, said any attempts to spur racial hatred during the rally would be rejected outright by Umno and its Barisan Nasional partners, as they strongly believed in racial diversity.
"As far as the Cabinet is concerned, whoever wants to have a gathering or rally must follow instructions given by the police. Umno members are not above the law," he added.
Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu, which has been dubbed the "red shirt" rally, is being organised by the National Silat Federation (Pesaka) and is expected to draw participants from various Malay NGOs nationwide.
The rally, which will take place on Malaysia Day, is seen as a counter to the Bersih 4 rally that took place on Aug 29 and 30, which saw Malaysian donning yellow T-shirts to call for free and fair elections.