KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21, 2016:
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would not allow participants of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) protest rally to use Dataran Merdeka tomorrow.
He said that the demonstration’s organisers had met with DBKL to ask permission to use Dataran Merdeka but DBKL did not issue a permit for them to gather in the area.
“We have discussed with them and we told them we will allow them to use Padang Merbok,” he said.
Mohd Amin said the rally organisers previously did not agree with the proposed location offered by DBKL.
“At first they did not agree but I was informed that they have agreed to hold the protest in Padang Merbok,” he said.
He explained that the organisers also had to pay a deposit of RM10,000 to RM20,000 to ensure that the infrastructure at the location was maintained during the rally.
“After we have determined that the infrastructure at Padang Merbok is in good condition after the rally, we will return the deposit to the organisers.”
Meanwhile, the mayor expressed hopes that the residents in the capital city would always abide by the laws and regulations.
“My hope is to make Kuala Lumpur a clean, competitive and at par with modern cities like Tokyo and others,” he noted.
He said that development and growth in the capital would be able to progress if the residents in the urban areas remained disciplined,
“I ask that each level of society in the city abide by the rules, only then would we not issue any summons or confiscate any property.
“In aspects of business, DBKL makes it easy for traders to apply for licences but do not misuse the license given to partake in illicit activities like illegal gambling and such.”
Furthermore, he said that the theme for this year’s Federal Territory Day which will be celebrated on Feb 1 was “‘Wilayah Ceria, Rakyat Sejahtera” (Cheerful Territory, Prosperous People).
DBKL welcomes the participation of the public to enliven the celebration where numerous activities will be held during the celebration.
City-goers will also have the chance to utilise recreational sports facilities for free from Feb 1 till Feb 29.
Aside from that, discounts as much as 50% would be given for water related recreation activities such as canoes and paddle boats, free usage of toilet facilities at DBKL parks and a flat rate discount of RM30 for all motorcycle summons and RM50 for cars as well as discounts from 5% to 10% on the renewal of business licences.