KUALA LUMPUR: About 500 shopkeepers and 773 traders in Petaling Street have decided to close their business on Sept 16 due to the proposed Peoples' Unity Gathering.
Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman Datuk Ang Say Tee said the decision was made after a discussion with several non-government organisations (NGO) on Sept 5.
“Ninety per cent of the traders here have decided to close their business on the day in question to ensure their safety and to prevent any untoward incident,” he told reporters at a walkabout jointly organised by NGO, community heads and traders in Petaling Street on Sunday.
He hoped those responsible for organising the gathering would cancel it as businesses in the area would be affected.
Ang said the gathering was not suitable to be held on Malaysia Day.
More than 50 representatives of 20 NGOs took part in the programme to socialise with traders and Chinese residents in the area to prove the Malay community was not vengeful.
The programme was also attended by Pro-Rakyat president Khairul Anwar Othman, Bukit Bintang Member of Parliament Fong Kui Lun and several NGOs including Otai Reformis.
Khairul said 2,000 members of Pro-Rakyat and 500 members of Otai Reformis would camp in areas including Petaling Street and Bukit Bintang from morning to midnight on the day in question.
“As Muslims, also Malays and Malaysians, we wish to give our assurance that we will not allow the people of Malaysia, regardless of race, to be harmed,” he said.
The Peoples’ Unity Gathering is planned to be held on Sept 16 in the national capital.Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka) president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam on Saturday said Pesaka would hold the gathering in Padang Merbok if permitted by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and not in Bukit Bintang or Petaling Street. – Bernama