Rally-go­ers urged to abort plans or risk ri­ots


KUALA LUMPUR: Po­ten­tial rally-go­ers have been urged to call off their plans to gather and demon­strate on Nov 19 or risk fac­ing a sim­i­lar fate as the deadly Jakarta ri­ots last Fri­day.

Cit­ing the vi­o­lent protest in the In­done­sian cap­i­tal that left one dead, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz warned that the streets of the city could end up the same if both the Ber­sih and Red Shirt groups insist on go­ing ahead with their plans.

“Now, Jakarta is in tur­moil. Do we want to end up like that? Our coun­try is blessed. I’d even com­pare it with par­adise, so why sac­ri­fice it?

“That is why we are say­ing, these young peo­ple should not act im­petu­ously. First we could end up like Jakarta, and later like Syria and Iraq. We can’t af­ford that,” he told re­porters af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing the Go­tong Roy­ong Kam­pung Baru or­gan­ised by Aeon Credit Ser­vice (M) Ber­had, here, yes­ter­day.

The streets of Jakarta erupted in vi­o­lence on Fri­day night, leav­ing one dead and scores in­jured, as po­lice clashed with about 150,000 demon­stra­tors de­mand­ing the ar­rest of the city’s Chi­nese Chris­tian gover­nor.

Mhd Amin has also urged or­gan­is­ers of both groups to hold their planned ral­lies in a more se­cure lo­ca­tion such as sta­di­ums or multi-pur­pose halls, af­ter ap­pli­ca­tions to hold them at Dataran Merdeka were re­jected by Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

He ex­plained the ap­pli­ca­tions were re­jected as the venue was only meant for na­tional events.

“If they want to hold ral­lies in halls or even sta­di­ums, it is up to them. Why do you have to do it out­side and cause trou­ble to ev­ery­one else?”

De­spite the failed ap­pli­ca­tion, Ber­sih had last week, said the group would still gather and march to­wards Dataran Merdeka, but will only as­sem­ble in sur­round­ing ar­eas out­side the square.

Mean­while, Mhd Amin urged Kuala Lumpur cit­i­zens to prac­tise waste sep­a­ra­tion, af­ter see­ing close to 3,000 tonnes of do­mes­tic waste pro­duced each day, up from 2,500 tonnes ear­lier this year.

He said City Hall also spends about RM260 mil­lion each year to dis­pose the rub­bish, in­clud­ing pay­ment to con­ces­sion­aire Alam Flora, man­age­ment ex­pen­di­ture at trans­fer sta­tions and waste dis­posal costs.

Par­tic­i­pants at the go­tong-roy­ong help­ing to clean up Kam­pung Baru.

... Ger­akan pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (cen­tre) light­ing up the cer­e­mo­nial oil lamp at the Ger­akan Deep­avali open house. Also present at the event were Ger­akan deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai (fourth from left) ) and vice-pres­i­dent Datuk A. Ko­hi­lan Pi­lay (next to Mah).

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