PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has rejected the application from organisers of the “Black 505” rally to stage the gathering at Padang Merbok on June 22.
Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said Monday, however, he was open to meet with Pakatan Rakyat to discuss the possibility of having the rally in a more enclosed area, which he said he had no problem approving.
“There are a few reasons why we decided to reject their latest application, after a meeting with the police.
“The first is Padang Merbok has already been rented out to the Olympic Council of Malaysia to hold an Olympic Run event on June 23.
“They would need the field one day before to make logistical preparations for their event. And they have applied for the venue at the end of last year,” he told reporters Monday.
Ahmad Phesal said he also took into consideration that the field, which is along Jalan Parlimen, is in the vicinity of main roads such as Jalan Hishamuddin, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Raja.
“Jalan Raja is one of the main roads that supports the majority of travels in and out of the city. So it is logical to us to advise them to move to a more enclosed area as to avoid causing traffic congestions, since their event would last from 11am to 6pm.
“Many hawkers and traders have also applied to open stalls on that day, so we must ensure they are given a conducive area to operate. An open space like Padang Merbok will not suit them,” he said,
Thirdly, the mayor shared concerns that the rally could affect the landscape of Jalan Parlimen which he said had recently been “beautified with plants”.
However, Ahmad Phesal said he was open to a sitting down with Pakatan officials on June 14 to discuss a mutual agreement on a new venue for the rally.
“Both DBKL and the police have given the green light for the rally, it is only the venue which we disagree with.
“They should consider a closed venue, like a stadium like what they did in Selangor,” he said, naming Stadium Titiwangsa and Stadium Merdeka as options.
KL City Hall rejects application from organisers of the “Black 505” to hold rally at Padang Merbok on June 22, saying field needed to be ready for Olympic run next day