Don’t expect Malays to remain quiet if their dignity is challenged, says DPM


(The Rakyat Post) – Malays will not remain quiet and in fact will defend the dignity of their race when they are challenged, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Do you expect us to just be pushed to the wall and keep quiet?

“Do not hope for that to happen. We will rise to defend our dignity,” Bernama reported him as saying  at a seminar in Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) here today.

Referring to the red shirt rally that swept the capital yesterday, Zahid said he estimated at least 150,000 people had joined the rally despite police numbers only at 35,000.

He reminded Bersih to not assume they had the majority of support at the expense of the quiet majority.

“Whatever that happens will have its repercussions,” the Umno vice-president was quoted as saying by the national news agency.

Zahid also stated the Home Ministry and police would continue to make sure public order is always maintained.

“We will not compromise with any party that would threaten public order.”

The red shirt rally, which was also known as Himpunan Maruah Melayu, was organised in response to the Aug 29-30 Bersih 4 rally which saw a majority of ethnic Chinese participating.

Prior to the red shirt rally, supporter Datuk Jamal Md Yunos of Umno was reported to have said the gathering was to teach DAP Chinese not to be impudent.