Hishammuddin Hussein has the ability to become a bomoh and Pak Nujum (witchdoctor and fortune teller)

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The home minister’s low turnout prediction for the Janji Demokrasi gathering will not be an issue, the working committee’s spokesperson Hishamuddin Rais says.

“I really appreciate the Home Affairs Minister (Hishammuddin Hussein), who has the ability to become a bomoh and Pak Nujum (witchdoctor and fortune teller), like a seer who can see the future.

“That is good. That is really good. For us, it not a question of how big or how small the crowd will be. It is people coming that night wearing yellow,” Hishamuddin said.

He said this when reporters asked him about Hishammuddin’s statement that the turnout would be low because the violence during Bersih 3.0 would put off many would-be participants.

The home minister was at the time asked to respond to the Kuala Lumpur Petty Traders Association’s threat to take “aggressive action” if the Janji Bersih (as it was called then) gathering takes place.

Janji Bersih is Janji Demokrasi’s former name, changed partly to make clear that this movement, though made up of a number of Bersih coalition members, is not linked to the Bersih coalition.

Supported by 47 NGOs, it plans to join the Merdeka eve celebrations at Dataran Merdeka, with participants wearing yellow to remind the government of its unfulfilled promises on electoral reform.

Its name is also a play on the government’s Janji Ditepati (Promises Fulfilled) theme for the National Day celebrations.

Don’t bring placards or banners

At a press conference earlier, Warga Aman chairperson Raja Retinam also announced that the event would also be held at countdowns in Malacca, Johor, and Perak, beginning from 10pm until the end of the countdown.

“The goal is that in conjunction with the celebrations for the 55th National Day, we wish to remind the rulers that our democracy is crumbling.

“It has been eroded many times. We wish to return it to the original democracy, as stated in the constitution,” Raja Retinam said.

Members of the working committee were also asked whether they were facing problems in the run-up to the event next week.

“So far, so good, touch wood. We are not facing any trouble,” Hishamuddin Rais replied, adding that the activities should not be threatened because all that would be done is to wear yellow, and national laureate A Samad Said is also expected to recite a poem.

“We forbid anyone from bringing placards, banners, or shouting slogans. We have agreed on this. This is only to celebrate the Merdeka eve together (with members of the public). Clear?” he said. – Mkini