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Umno man tells protesters to leave Chinatown, wants action against traders

07:08 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos is now at Petaling Street where a large crowd is still gathered, telling protesters to disperse and promising to seek “action” against traders there.

The Malay NGO leader does not specify the reason for wanting action against the traders but said he will give the government five days to do so.

If they don’t, I will personally see that they do.” 

Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos (in glasses) speaks to protesters at Petaling Street, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles KumarSungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos (in glasses) speaks to protesters at Petaling Street, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

Refusing to leave Chinatown, red shirts say ‘This is Malay land’

06:05 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

Although the #Merah169 rally at Padang Merbok appears to have officially ended, a large crowd of protesters are still holding their ground at Petaling Street, insisting that the authorities allow them to march through the popular lane usually dominated by Chinese vendors.

 

This is Malay land. It was the Malays who won our independence, not the Chinese. We have a right to be here.” 

Protesters are holding their ground at Petaling Street, insisting that the authorities allow them to march through the popular lane usually dominated by Chinese vendors, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles KumarProtesters are holding their ground at Petaling Street, insisting that the authorities allow them to march through the popular lane usually dominated by Chinese vendors, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

At Padang Merbok, protesters seen leaving rally

05:52 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

While Petaling Street still appears to be swarming with red shirts, those over at Padang Merbok are now leaving the rally.

MMO correspondents Zurairi AR, Mayuri Mei Lin and Aizyl Azlee are reporting that the crowd has thinned out from the previous thousands that had earlier thronged the venue for #Merah169.

Some of those leaving are seen shaking hands and thanking the police.

Protesters shake hands with the police officers while leaving Padang Merbok, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Zurairi ARProtesters shake hands with the police officers while leaving Padang Merbok, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Zurairi AR

Organisers: We didn’t start the trouble at Chinatown

05:29 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

#Merah169 organisers say they were not the ones responsible for throwing stones and bottles at the uniformed enforcers standing guard at Petaling Street or Chinatown, which later led to riot police firing water cannons to disperse the crowd.
 
The protesters are still holding ground at the popular tourist haven despite the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) moving in, and are still insisting that they be allowed to march through the street.

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Protesters and riot police still a tight knot at the entrance of Petaling Street, moments after water cannons were fired to disperse the crowd, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles KumarProtesters and riot police still a tight knot at the entrance of Petaling Street, moments after water cannons were fired to disperse the crowd, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

Water cannon fired at Petaling Street protesters

05:10 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

The Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) has started firing chemical-laced water at protesters who refused to budge from Petaling Street despite several warnings.

MMO reporter Kamles Kumar said the uniformed personnel began moving in to disperse the large crowd after they insisted on staying put.

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Riot police have fired water cannons at the 'Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu' protesters near Petaling Street, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles KumarRiot police have fired water cannons at the 'Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu' protesters near Petaling Street, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

Reporter labelled ‘crazy Chinese pig’ chased away by protesters

05:01 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

A reporter from news portal Malaysiakini was told by protesters at Petaling Street to leave the area after she asked a woman why she was carrying a poster on the May 13 race riots.

The reporter, Kow Gah Chie, was then labelled “Cina gila babi” (crazy Chinese pig) by the protesters, who told her not to ask so many questions.

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Malaysiakini reporter Kow Gah Chie is seen at the 'Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu' rally in Kuala Lumpur, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles KumarMalaysiakini reporter Kow Gah Chie is seen at the 'Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu' rally in Kuala Lumpur, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

Cops estimate around 15,000 at Padang Merbok

04:37 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

Police met on the sidelines of the #Merah169 rally tell Malay Mail Online that at least 15,000 protesters are at the venue, as well as along Jalan Parlimen.

The red-shirted crowd is slowly thinning out, however, as the rally nears its end.

Many are still milling around Padang Merbok, some listening to speeches, some resting along the sidewalks. 

Some protesters seen leaving Padang Merbok as rally nears its end, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Mayuri Mei LinSome protesters seen leaving Padang Merbok as rally nears its end, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Mayuri Mei Lin

Petaling Street: Riot cops threaten action if protesters refuse to budge

04:22 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

#Merah169 protesters gathered near Petaling Street have been told by riot police to move to the official rally venue at Padang Merbok or face possible action.

Members of the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) are standing guard, some in the 12 FRU trucks on standby and others on foot, holding batons and shields.

Earlier, police allowed several representatives from the crowd to walk through Petaling Street after protesters refused to leave the area. 

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Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah escorting a representative from the #Merah169 rally through Petaling Street, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles KumarDang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah escorting a representative from the #Merah169 rally through Petaling Street, September 16, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

Himpunan Rakyat to end at 6pm, organisers say

04:14 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

The organisers of Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu announce to the crowd that they can only use Padang Merbok until 6pm, despite having said earlier that the rally will last till midnight in their invitation.

Ibrahim Ali: DAP spoiling our unity with Malaysian Malaysia creation

03:55 pm Wednesday September 16, 2015

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali turned up at Padang Merbok this afternoon and delivered a short speech before thousands of Malay red shirts in their unity rally.

“I want to tell you all the one spoiling our unity is DAP. DAP from Singapore straight away created Malaysian Malaysia.

“I say don't trust DAP. Don't work with DAP. Nah! Today, we see what has happened because of DAP,” he said.

The crowd roared back with cheers.

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