Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today told Malaysiakini to lodge a report against “Red Shirts” leader Datuk Jamal Yunos if the news portal took seriously his threat to tear down its building.
Khalid said Jamal has previously made many similar remarks, but did not actually act on his threats.
“You know him (Jamal) right? Everyone knows him. He has threatened a few things in the past, but nothing came true.
“But if Malaysiakini thinks it is serious, then lodge a report,” he told a news conference.
Yesterday, Jamal led some 50 members from Red Shirts to Malaysiakini's office in the Petaling Jaya to demand explanation over claims that the news portal received funding from US magnate George Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF).
In the meeting with three editors, Jamal threatened to tear down half of the office's building this Saturday if he did not get a response by then.
Despite the portal's editors explaining of its source of funding and admitting to receiving some funds from OSF, Jamal said he still planned to hold a rally outside the office this Saturday at noon.
On Jamal's protest, Khalid said the police have yet to receive a notice from him to gather outside the office.
“Like Bersih who has never given the police any notice prior for their gatherings in JB and other parts of the country, Red Shirts group is also the same.
“Both groups have gone against the PAA 2012,” he said.
Under the Peaceful Assembly Act, parties are only required to submit a notice of their intention to gather at a said location with the authorities 10 days before.
Source -Malay Mail Online-