Bersih 2.0 Rally Participants Received Rm50 Each, Says
RaisJEMPOL, Aug 13 – Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim today disclosed that the participants in the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9 in the federal capital were actually paid by those with vested interest in the issue.
He said some of the participants were paid RM50 each to wear a yellow-coloured T-shirt and join the rally.
Besides money, the participants were also given free meals, he said.
“This proves that the action taken by those wearing the yellow shirts or their leaders was moved by political rewards,” he said after breaking fast with residents in Felda Lui Timur here today.
Rais said the matter (payment for joining the street demonstration) was stated in reports compiled by the ministry’s agencies including the Special Affairs Department (Jasa).
Meanwhile, the minister also called on the public, especially the Bersih 2.0 rally participants, to learn the lessons from the London riots.
“Look at the courtesy showed by the Royal Malaysia Police when dealing with the Bersih protestors and controlling the situation during the rally as compared to what happened in London,” he said.
He said the police in other countries would not hesitate to use brutal tactics in enforcing the law in their country, but the Malaysian police had displayed high level of patience and tolerance despite being provoked and bad-mouthed by aggressive demonstrators.