Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (Ku Nan) is playing out a very low class drama by stating that Umno is studying footage of the rally to identify its members who took part in the rival Bersih 5 and red-shirt rallies. They will be brought before the Umno disciplinary board, he said.
Had Umno ministers not been saying very clearly that Umno members who attend the red-shirt rally would be doing so in their personal capacities and not as party members? They had in fact openly told the members to join the red-shirt rally.
How can it be illegal for Umno members to participate in the red-shirt rally which was planned, organised and carried out by an Umno chieftain, ie the Sungai Besar divison head Jamal Md Yunos?
Why does Ku Nan think that there is nothing wrong for an Umno division head to be the head of the red-shirts, even if it is an NGO that has nothing to do with Umno (as claimed by Umno ministers), as its objective is to create chaos, intimidate people, use violence on people to stop them attending Bersih rallies or speak out against dirty elections and corruption?
It boggles the mind to figure out why an Umno leader is free to be head of the red-shirts, but ordinary members of the party are not free to attend red shirt rallies! Isn’t this more than just being ridiculous?
Ku Nan must explain why Jamal should not be expelled from Umno for being the leader of the rally that ordinary Umno members are suddenly forbidden to attend.
Why, only after the rallies, has it become illegal for ordinary members of Umno to have participated in the rallies? Who else could Jamal have counted on to make up his band of rabble-rousers?
I wonder whether Ku Nan would have dared to make such a statement if the red-shirts had outnumbered the yellow-shirts?
Even Khairy Jamaluddin said Umno had distanced itself from Jamal. If so, why is he not being sacked from the party? Why go after ordinary members who were not just encouraged, but even directed by circular letters to attend Jamal’s rallies?
Of course this was denied, but only because someone made public the circular and it put the party in very bad light. Damage control had to be done by issuing a counter-directive, and now this drama about taking disciplinary action against those who “defied” instructions not to attend!
If Ku Nan is sincere, he should sack Jamal and leave the ordinary members alone as they were merely followers and only obeying instructions and directives.