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DAP cries foul over blood-letting flyers

Alyaa Azhar
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DAP today denounced provocative flyers dumped at the party's headquarters today, depicting a man about to perform a decapitation.

DAP parliamentarian Anthony Loke said the flyers depicted a person in a Bersih T-shirt, made to look like a Chinese, about to be decapitated by a man holding a machete, who is depicted as a Malay warrior.

The words 'Cina turun Bersih, sedialah bermandi darah (Get ready to bathe in blood if the Chinese come for the Bersih rally) are printed on the posters.

Loke said it was clear the posters tried to make it seem as though Chinese Bersih participants would face opposition from the Malays.

"We denounce those whoi came out with these flyers. We want to stress that the rally will not consist of the Chinese only but is a rally for all Malaysians," Loke told a press conference.

"Tomorrow, there will be hundreds of thousands of people from all races who will come to the rally. We will not look at skin colour, just at the yellow T-shirts."

Loke, who said that the flyers were found near the DAP headquarters' lobby area this morning, also confirmed that one of DAP's members was lodging a police report on the matter.

The Seremban MP said the flyers were not a form of new provocative tactics, pointing out that there always were such provocations at every Bersih rally.

"Unfortunately, every time there are such threats, no action is taken.

"We therefore urge the police to do their job professionally. Promise that there will be peace for all who come tomorrow," he said.

Loke said the lack of action by the police was contrary to the action taken against Opposition members.

"Right now, several DAP Youth members have been called to the Kuala Langat district police headquarters to give their statements, just for distributing Bersih flyers," said Loke.

Mat Sabu: Police must act without fear or favour

Meanwhile, Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) chief Mohamad Sabu, who was also at the press conference said Bersih rallies do not have anything to do with demands made by any particular race.

"It's all about demanding for a clean government and saving the economy," Mohamad, who is widely known as Mat Sabu, said.

Urging the police to take action, he said that although at times the identities of perpetrators causing trouble were made known, the police still refused to take action.

"The police must act without fear or favour," Mat Sabu stressed.

He also confirmed that the GHB would try to ensure that at least 1,000 members from the GHB's Amal Relief (Arif) would be on duty during the rally.

"They will be wearing orange shirts with black sleeves. They will protect the people regardless of race," Mat Sabu said.

Meanwhile, DAP's Balakong assemblyperson Eddie Ng said DAP would send 2,000 members to look after the security of the people during the rally.

"So come, do not be worried about these provocateurs. Our security unit members will be dressed in red Bersih shirts.

"Don't confuse them with the anti-Bersih group, though," he said.

Bersih's mega-rally will be held tomorrow and Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

The rally is to demand five things: 1. Clean elections; 2. Clean governance; 3. Save the economy; 4. Preserving the right to dissent; and 5. Strengthening of parliamentary democracy.

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