|A trader mans a stall at the Ramadan bazaar in Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur,|
November 8, 2010. — File pic
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will not allow the group calling itself “Bersih 4.0 — Cleaning up Bersih 1,2,3” to open a night market in front electoral watchdog leader Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan’s house in Bukit Damansara.
Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 does not allow people to intrude into other people’s territory, and therefore the group should not proceed with its plan.
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“They (Bersih 4.0 organisers) must ask for our permission, but we will not allow. People make mistakes and we know they (Bersih 3.0) made mistakes... we should not follow. If everybody follows (the mistakes) and ignore the law, what will happen to our country?” he told reporters after opening the Impiana KLCC Hotel new wing here, today.
Yesterday, 60 petty traders told a news conference that they planned to open up stalls in front Ambiga’s house in Bukit Damansara here on Thursday and Friday, with the hope of recouping the losses they suffered during the Bersih 3.0 rally in the city on April 28.
Kuala Lumpur Petty Traders Action Council chairman Datuk Jamal Md Yunus said that they would be applying for the needed permits from the authorities to do business there but would still go ahead if denied.
Ahmad Fuad said Malaysians should stop doing such gatherings one after another and hoped that they would do productive activities instead.
“Most importantly, respect others. Don’t create all these things. If you create one, people will create another. When is this going to end?” he said.
He said that addressing this kind of events would cost DBKL a lot of money and would divert their focus from doing the necessary things.
“It costs money as our people have to monitor roads and so on. What is important is that others don’t want to be disturbed.