The near 100% Malay participated Red-shirt Rally which converged in Padang Merbok a few hours ago is a demonstration of force that the majority of Malaysians wanted what the majority decided in the last general election in the first-past-the-post democratic system.
Their message is clear; the wanted Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to remain leading the nation and the malays not to be taken for granted.
It is in direct defiance against the BERSIH 4.0 demonstration 17 days ago, where near 80% majority Chinese protesters demanded that Prime Minister Najib be posted from office.
The Malays have came out to demonstrate that they are the voice of the masses and majority. UMNO, PAS and Malay activists and NGOs have converged as ‘Perhimpunan Rakyat Bersatu’.
The fact is that this nation was formed because the outcome from the rally that the Malays demonstrated their unity and projection of displeasure in 1946 through UMNO. That led to HRH Malay Rulers and UMNO, representing the Malays, on 26 June 1946 rejecting any declaration pertaining to the Malayan Union.
When British Government reversed the Malayan Union which was passed by Westminster Palace, HRH Malay Rulers then entered into a series of negotiations where the Treaty of Tanah Melayu was signed on 21 Jan 1948 at King’s House and Persekutuan Tanah Melayu was born on 1 Feb 1948.
UMNO was part of the negotiations and was given the accord as ‘observers’, when British High Commissioner Edward Gent negotiated with with HRH Malay Rulers.
It’s the same spirit we saw today.
Despite the hasty organisation as a reaction if not response to BERSIH 4.0, the Malays have came out to send the strong message that they cannot be taken for granted, their rights are not to be challenged and their democratic decision be respected
Those participated, supported and were hopeful of the BERSIH 4.0, probably got a rude shock of their lives when the Malays came out in such full force and thunderous messages, considering the poor air quality of the current haze in the region.
The message is very clear.
Pro-Anwarista news portal story:
Najib, Zahid moved by peaceful ‘red shirt’ rally, says Umno leader
BY KC NAZARI AND MELATI A. JALIL
Published: 16 September 2015 7:17 PM
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said today they were surprised and moved by the large show of support for the “red shirt” rally and the peaceful way it was carried out.
This was announced by Ketereh MP Tan Sri Annuar Musa in his speech at Padang Merbok, where he also announced the end of the rally, also known as the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu.
“I just got a call from the prime minister, who sent his regards to all here.
“The prime minister and his deputy, who are now in Sabah, have expressed their shock at the number of people at this assembly that has gone on peacefully.”
This is despite the fact that police were earlier forced to use water cannon to disperse some 1,000 unruly rally goers who attempted to breach the barricade into Petaling Street. There were also reports of several arrests.
The greetings from the top leaders of the country are in contrast with that of Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who have criticised the rally.
Muhyiddin had urged Malays not to celebrate Malaysia Day with a rally that was racist in nature while Shafie said that the rally has marred the celebration of an auspicious day.
When asked about the incident, Annuar later told reporters that those in Petaling Street were not part of the group and urged police to act against the mob.
“We are checking, when we check with our leaders, groups and security personnel, all of them are here. Who are the people there?”
Earlier, Annuar also declared the rally a success, claiming some 250,000 rally goers were present.
“All those gathered (at various meeting points) were making their way to Padang Merbok but unfortunately, could not make it but their spirit and strength is with us.” – September 16, 2015.
There were would definitely be hopefuls of the BERSIH 4.0, especially amongst the Chinese, that the political scenario would change for their advantage and in denial that the Malays have come out in full force to state their case.
It is very certain that the majority of the Malays, who comprises the majority of Malaysians wanted the democratically elected through general election Prime Minister Najib to lead the nation. Tonight in Kota Kinabalu, it is expected that Sabahans and Sarawakians demonstrate the same intent in full force.