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Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday December 31, 2013 MYT 9:16:56 AM
PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) wants revellers to enjoy the New Year Eve’s celebrations at Dataran Merdeka and is urging the people to work with it rather than against it.
“Follow the authorities’ instructions to make the New Year celebrations a smooth, happy and peaceful event,” said Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.
Ahmad Phesal said organisers of a planned gathering to protest the high cost of living had not officially notified DBKL.
He said 300 enforcement officers would be stationed at Dataran Merdeka and another 80 at City Hall during the event.
DBKL has planned a concert featuring local celebrities, a food bazaar and a fireworks display to herald in the new year.
“We will work closely with the police. We have already closed the roads to traffic (to facilitate celebrations) and have taken down posters calling for the public to attend the illegal rally,” he said.
Police have identified four groups, Kumpulan Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun), Jingga 13, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) as well as Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM), as being behind the planned rally.
Turun or Movement to Reduce Living Costs chairman Azan Safar said the peaceful rally would be held as planned in Dataran Merdeka.
The event, he said, was organised by the public and not political parties and urged participants to come as individuals and not carry any political parties’ symbols.
PKR-backed group Jingga 13 said it was planning a freeze flash mob to highlight the high cost of living. It had no plans to overthrow the Government, said the group’s chief coordinator Fariz Musa.
He said they would encourage the public to put on the V for Vendetta face mask and freeze for five minutes.
SAMM chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin denied the group was among the organisers.
He claimed that news of the rally had spread online and they were merely facilitating the event.
Opposition youth wings are also lending their support to the rally.
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