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KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Sept (Malaysiaaktif) – Federal Territories Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said the upcoming “Red Shirt Rally” organised by a Malay Martial Groups on September 16 is not an exercise in racism.
He encouraged Malaysians of all races to join Persekutuan Silat Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (Pesaka) “Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu” demonstration at Padang Merbok to show their unity and love for the country.
“We leave it to the rakyat. I hope if the rakyat love the nation, irrespective of whether you’re Chinese, Malay or Indian, all go out to show your support for the government,” Tengku Adnan told reporters after launching Razakmas Residency in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
However, the minister who is also the UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general, will not assemble any of its members for the rally even though it has been approved by the venue owner, City Hall (DBKL).
He emphasised that UMNO was not involved in sponsoring the rally and was confident that it would not affect people’s perception towards the party.
“What negative image?” he questioned.
“We are not even the sponsor. Not like Bersih, which is clear cut with DAP behind it,” he said.
Previously, Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has said that the rally is now legal as DBKL had approved the organiser’s proposal to have it at Padang Merbok.