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Red shirts chief: Parang training misunderstood

Zikri Kamarulzaman

Published
Modified 27 Aug 2015, 1:34 pm

The leader of the red shirt anti-Bersih group said his remarks about the men practising with machetes (parang) and swords has been misunderstood.

"It just for regular practice, not that we want to face the Bersih protesters with parang.

"What we demonstrated in front of Sogo is just a regular exercise in learning silat," Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos told Malaysiakini .

Yesterday, it was reported that Jamal and his anti-Bersih group would train with parang and swords at a closed door event.

This followed a performance outside Sogo on Tuesday, where the red shirts went into a "trance" while being beaten with sticks.

"Sticks and stones. People expect that from silat. Normally when you practise self-defence, you also practise with parang and swords," Jamal said.

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar did not view the parang practice lightly and cautioned all quarters against criminal intimidation or promoting violence.

Jamal and his group have been summoned to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters for questioning this afternoon.

Despite insisting that the parang training is just a practice, Jamal said he and his group would still face off with Bersih protesters this weekend if they don't abide by the law.

"If they don't follow police orders and so on, we will gather 30,000 people at Low Yat Plaza and around Bukit Bintang and march from there," he said

The Bersih 4 rally is set to kick off on Saturday, and organisers plan to hold the protest until Sunday night, which is the even of Merdeka Day.

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