An email titled “C For Chaos” to incite a rally on New Year’s Eve was sent by the opposition, alleged Umno-backed daily Utusan Malaysia.
The email allegedly written by Abdul Rahim Ghouse, a close friend of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has gone viral since it was first posted two days ago.
The email, addressed to Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, details the December 31 rally known as Ops Turun with a line that says, “act as per discussed in our previous meeting”.
According to Utusan, the email has been published in blogs and that it contains a reference to sending a team to the site to record and “immediately upload” videos onto YouTube.
“It will become viral big time,” the email stated, adding that Umno and the ruling Barisan Nasional will be blamed. The team will also react to on-the-ground response to the event.
The email also highlighted specific locations that should be avoided.
“With regard to Ops Turun, please inform our guys to avoid the following locations on 31 December for their own safety,” it stated.
The locations are the traffic lights at the Sogo Shopping Mall, Puduraya, KTM railway station near the National Mosque, the Masjid Jamek Light Rail Transit (LRT) station and Bank Negara’s KTM station.
In case of any arrest, the email said “do not screw up!” and that detainees would be compensated.
According to Utusan, Abdul Rahim had denied writing the email.
“I deny that the email was written by me. Someone made it up using my name. They did it for their own agenda and are tying me to it,” he was quoted as saying by the Malay daily.
Abdul Rahim added that he would look into the allegations before taking further actions.
The daily said the police were working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate the email.
Sources told the paper that investigations would determine if the email was sent by Abdul Rahim or other individuals.
Rumours of a rally have been spread by the mainstream media after a Facebook post with details of a planned New Year’s Eve rally at Dataran Merdeka went viral.
Azan Safar, a student activist was detained for a day this week following reports that he was planning a rally to “topple the Government”.
Meanwhile, the opposition and the non-governmental organisation Bersih have any involvement with the rally, and police yesterday identified four opposition-linked NGOs as the masterminds, namely Jingga 13, Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun), Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) and Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM).
Utusan reported that more than 1,000 police reports have been lodged against the rally organisers. – December 29, 2013.