Bersih 4.0 – 60 petty traders planned to open up stalls in front Ambiga’s house tomorrow and Friday

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KUALA LUMPUR (May,23) – On Sunday, about 60 petty traders told a news conference that they planned to open up stalls in front Ambiga’s house tomorrow and Friday, with the hope of recouping the losses they suffered during the Bersih 3.0 rally in the city on April 28.   The group which calls itself “Bersih 4.0” will withdraw its plans to set up a night market outside the electoral reform group “Bersih 3.0” co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga’s house in Bukit Damansara if traders are compensated for their losses.

But the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has since denied the group permission to do so, with KL Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail saying yesterday that the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 does not allow people to intrude into other people’s territory.

“They (the petty traders) must ask for our permission, but we will not allow. People make mistakes and we know they (Bersih 3.0) made mistakes… we should not follow. If everybody follows (the mistakes) and ignore the law, what will happen to our country?” he was quoted as saying on Bernama Online.

Yesterday, DBKL officers also moved to clean up the road in front of Ambiga’s house, which had been defaced with paint by a group of petty traders.

Despite the incidents, Ambiga maintains that she has no immediate plans to sue those responsible or those who may still insist on turning up to set up the night market tomorrow.

“I think DBKL has been very good… they cleaned up the paint. The police have also been driving past now and then and checking on the house. I assume they will do what is needed to stop the traders.

“Otherwise, I will just let it be. Let’s just stop and see what they plan to do,” she said, referring to the traders.

Ambiga said her main concern now was to shift the nation’s focus from the petty protests to Bersih’s actual objective, which is to ensure the coming elections are free and fair.