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Better to fight for Rohingya than against ‘yellow shirts’, Zahid tells Jamal

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi speaks at the opening of the Umno wings annual general assembly at PWTC in Kuala Lumpur November 29, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

By Kamles Kumar, Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 ― Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urged grassroots chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos to focus on noble causes like galvanising support for the marginalised Rohingya instead of going head to head with Bersih 2.0.

In his speech opening the party wings’ assemblies here, Zahid who is also deputy prime minister as well as home minister commended the Sungai Besar Umno division leader and rally organiser for his recent support for the minority Myanmar Muslims.

“Thank you to Jamal not for organising a rally against the yellow shirts but for mobilising people for the Rohingya rally last week,” he said, referring to the signature yellow T-shirts worn by supporters of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0.

“Jamal has promised me that he will mobilise 20,000 people for the rally on December 4,” Zahid added.

He also clarified that Jamal was organising the rallies in his capacity as an NGO leader and not as a Umno division chief.

The solidarity rally on Sunday is to be held at Stadium Titiwangsa in the city. Muslim NGOs and political parties like PAS are expected to join in to condemn the alleged persecution of the Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar government.