KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 ― The live bullet sent to Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah was an "act to gain sympathy", claimed “Red Shirts” leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos.
Commenting on the bullet that Maria said was sent to her home along with the third death threat she has received, he asserted that the electoral reforms group was losing support.
"This is just a ploy to gain sympathy," Jamal told reporters at the sidelines of the Umno general assembly here today.
"She only has influence among her followers. We saw that Bersih 5 failed. Now she will create stories and slander to cover up that failure," he added.
However, Jamal said that police will handle the case in the event it is genuine.
Maria was detained using the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act on the eve of the Bersih 5 rally on November 18 and was kept in solitary confinement for 10 days.
Jamal, who had led his group to rally against Bersih 2.0, was also arrested on the eve of the rally.
The Sungai Besar Umno division chief showed up at the assembly today with a placard criticising PKR's Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, labelling the latter as a slanderer.
Jamal said that Rafizi had tarnished the reputation of Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil over the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal, and that the women's wing of the party should not believe him.
"The women will never forget what he has done, until Shahrizat had to leave her position," he added.