Absolutely no Dataran Merdeka, City Hall tells Bersih 3.0
KUALA LUMPUR - By law, Dataran Merdeka is off limits to the Bersih 3.0 rally, said Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail.
Ahmad Fuad, citing the 1992 Local Government (Dataran Merdeka) (Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory) bylaw said that no gathering can be held at Dataran Merdeka without a written consent by the mayor.
He said this at a press conference held at DBKL tower, today.
He said that even according to the yet to be gazetted Peaceful Assembly Act, Dataran Merdeka is not listed as one of the permitted locations.
He added that the rally could still be held at an alternative location, and DBKL is prepared to give suggestions.
"We (DBKL) are consistent with our stand since the bylaw was put into effect. There are many events that we have rejected before.
"Generally we permit sports and cultural (entertainment) events as these events are beneficial to the public, but we reject events of a political nature," said Ahmad Fuad.
Bersih 3.0 is a sit-in rally that is set to be held on April 28 at Dataran Merdeka in support of electoral reform.
When asked on what actions would be taken against the Bersih 3.0 organiser, Ahmad Fuad said: "It is like they are running a red light, they may do it but it is against the law. We will have to wait until the 28 (April) to see what action, if any, would be taken."