Kolumnis kontroversial Utusan, Awang Selamat menyifatkan orang Melayu yang menyertai Bersih - yang akan mengadakan perhimpunannya 9 Julai depan - sebagai mereka yang dangkal berpolitik.
In a sign that political rivals said underscored UMNO's fast-emptying arsenal, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali has vowed to stop the Bersih 2.0 rally from happening on July 9.
"It is just like UMNO to bring on an empty vessel to make noise. UMNO is afraid of PAS. Hishamuddin has ordered this latest 'wayang' so that he can have the excuse to ban the entire rally," MP for Bukit Gantang Nizar Jamaluddin told Malaysia Chronicle.
Nizar was referring to Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein who has warned the police will not hesitate to crack down on protesters.
The Bersih rally is meant to assemble Malaysians in a show of solidarity ahead of snap general elections widely expected to be held within months. The core aim of the rally is to show the government of the day that the nation wants free and fair elections, no dirty politics and no electoral fraud.