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Kuala Lumpur Traders and Residents’ Action Council chairperson and owner of 1Malaysia Fish Restaurant Jamal Md Yunus has declared that he is a supporter of any political party or politician. However, he has gone through great length to do something even a hardcore supporter can't muster to do.
First, Jamal has branded his 18 restaurants as 1Malaysia Fish Restaurant or better known as Sekinchan Ikan Bakar Restaurant. As a luxury car dealer who has obviously benefited from APs handouts, he has offered two luxury cars to those who sign up and participate in the Bersih 4.0 protest. Of course, those who signed up must also visit and eat in his restaurants. The cars on offer are a 2005-model car which is worth RM225,000. The other car is a 2009-model Lamborghini Gallardo worth RM1.2 million.
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What an opportunist, Jamal! This is better than even a guy who would advertise his thoughts on 1Malaysia and national unity on national newspapers. Brilliant! I am sure Perkasa and UMNO hardcore supporters would know where to eat and organize their functions in the following months running up to the general election.
Unfortunately, Jamal does not behave as a trader who is really affected by the Bersih 3.0 demonstration. He cannot fool anyone who was there. Those who had opened for business had probably made a killing that day for an entire week's profit. Those shops and eateries who had stayed opened during the 428 demonstration would have told us to bring it on every week!
Jamal is not such a generous guy if he has appeared to be so calculative in the first place. Do you expect a person such as Jamal to donate two luxury cars if he does not expect to make 100 x back in return?
He even charged a fee for those who wanted to participate in his Bersih 4.0 market.
I believe Jamal is probably an ambitious trader and businessman who wanted to impress his political bosses. Since Jamal is so rich and so generous, we should just stop giving him more business. There are other poorer restaurant owners selling ikan bakar who would appreciate and welcome our business.
We should 'Boycott' all of Jamal's 18 restaurants. Yes, he has a right to protest and voice out his opinion. We have a choice to choose not to patronize his restaurants.
Bersih 3.0 did not attempt to invade the privacy of anyone. It had merely requested to use the Dataran Merdeka which is a public space and big enough to accommodate a peaceful assembly.
Jamal must be taught a lesson not to mess around with someone else's privacy and home. As a businessman, he must accept the risk associated with his behaviour.
We have said that we will stand up for Ambiga and her courage to stand up for a clean and fair electoral system.