Ambiga, we are on stand by – DBKL, PDRM

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 23, 2012: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officers were on stand-by in front of Bersih co-chairman Datuk S Ambiga’s house in Bukit Damansara to ensure no unauthorised activities took place.

On Monday, DBKL officers worked until late at night to paint over the yellow markings drawn by the Kuala Lumpur Petty Traders Action Council to demarcate stall lots on the road along Ambiga’s house in preparation for “Bersih 4.0”.

Ambiga tweeted “DBKL worked late into the night to clear yellow lines. Here now with police checking. Appreciate it @PDRMsia and DBKL. So do neighbours” yesterday morning.

Later in the evening, she tweeted “When officers act fairly and without fear or favour the people will support them. When they don’t we won’t”.

The police tweeted “TQ for comment. All of us need to be safe, hv peace & harmony. Appreciation & Gratitude are virtues of life.

“Best wishes.”

Council chairman Datuk Jamal Md Yunus had earlier said that 60 petty traders would be setting up stalls in front of Ambiga’s house tomorrow and on Friday to recoup the losses they suffered during the Bersih 3.0 rally.

He said they were calling their event “Bersih 4.0 – Mencucikan Bersih 1,2,3 (Bersih 4.0 – Cleaning up Bersih 1,2,3)” and that they would apply for business permits.

However, he said they would still go ahead and sell household goods, food and drinks from 3.30pm to 8pm on both days even if the permits were denied. It was reported that DBKL denied the permits.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail was reported to have cited the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974, which does not allow people to intrude into other people’s territory, and thus the group should not proceed with its plan.

He called for the people to stop such gatherings and hoped they would be more productive instead.

At press time, DBKL officers were no longer present at the site. – TSO