Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) should grow up and acknowledge that democracy has evolved, Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee Member Jay Jay Denis said.
“It is time for DBKL to grow up, just like how Malaysians are now accepting dissenting voices in the country.
“In fact, City Hall should move forward like how rallies have advanced instead of sticking with old times,” he told FMT when met at the Dewan Rakyat.
He was responding to earlier remarks by DBKL Mayor Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz that Dataran Merdeka is off limits to protesters from Bersih 5 and the Red Shirts group.
Recently, Bersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah officially announced at a press conference that the upcoming Bersih 5 rally would take place at Dataran Merdeka on Nov 19 from 10am to 6pm.
Jay Jay reminded DBKL that Dataran Merdeka is not property owned by the City Hall.
“We are not asking to go anywhere forbidden; DBKL doesn’t own Dataran Merdeka.”
He said if police are open to negotiations, then there shouldn’t be a reason for DBKL to refuse the Bersih 5 rally from taking place at Dataran Merdeka.
Regardless, Jay Jay said Bersih 2.0 will attempt to discuss matters pertaining to the upcoming rally with DBKL.
“We will speak again with DBKL to allow us to use Dataran Merdeka.
“It’ll be a complete travesty if DBKL refuses to allow Dataran Merdeka to be used when police are okay with it.
“Bersih 5 will be a peaceful rally. So, even if Dataran Merdeka is closed, we will have other alternatives.”
Earlier today, the mayor told The Star the reason for denying usage of Dataran Merdeka was “the same” as for past Bersih rallies.
Source : Tarrence Tan@FMT Reporters Online