KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2, 2016:
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0) does not have to seek permission nor provide notice for the five-day Yellow Mania festival, said its chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.
Maria Chin was responding to statements by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed who have said the group needs to apply for a permit for its event to be held next week.
“As far as Bersih 2.0 is concerned, we do not see the need to seek permission nor provide notice for our event as it is within the law.
“It is ridiculously unbelievable that authorities like Tengku Adnan and Nur Jazlan are so worried over a Yellow Mania festival.
“If they read the poster information on our official Facebook page, they would immediately realise that the venue we chose is an enclosed venue,” said Maria Chin in a statement today.
She pointed out that the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) was a closed venue which had housed many events.
She said that the programme, which would be held from Jan 6 to Jan 10, would be about highlighting the demands of Bersih 2.0.
“The programme will be about an exhibition on the victory of the people who came out to seek democratic changes in the country. The night forums will engage the public on what’s next for Malaysia and there will be colouring activities for children.
“If they perceive these as political activities, then so be it,” she said in response to Nur Jazlan, who said the event should be free from political motives.
Maria Chin also said that any attempt to stop the event would only deepen existing public perception of an “intolerant government”.
Yesterday, during the Kuala Lumpur New Year Run programme, Tengku Adnan was quoted as saying that the group needed to apply for a permit to hold its upcoming event and that it should be held in an enclosed area.
Nur Jazlan was recently reported to have said that authorities would not act on the festival if it is free from political motives or interference and urged the organisers to formally notify the authorities of the event.