We won’t pay, Bersih tells City Hall
KUALA LUMPUR: Electoral reform watchdog Bersih 2.0 insisted that they would not be making any payment to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) with regards to the recent Bersih 5 rally.
Bersih steering committee member Jay Jay Denis told theSun that City Hall can file a claim in court if it is insistent on the payment.
“We had hundreds of volunteers to keep the streets clean during and after the rally, so why should we make payment to City Hall for cleaning up the streets.
“City Hall seems to want to alienate and be anti-rakyat by needlessly sending clean-up bills,” he said, adding that City Hall should not penalise rallygoers.
Denis was responding to KL Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin’s statement that City Hall has sent both Bersih 2.0 and the Red Shirts group the bills amounting to RM27,373.66 to recover the cost of landscape damage and cleaning up as a result of the two rallies held on Nov 19.
The mayor said that the bills have been issued to both groups but no payment has been received from either party.
The Red Shirts could not be contacted for comment as of press time.
On another issue, Mhd Amin announced that effective yesterday, City Hall is offering special promotional rates for traffic offences in the city.
“Summonses for traffic offences from 2007 to 2011 are offered a compound of RM10, while summonses from 2012 to 2014 are offered a compound of RM20 and summonses issued from 2015 onwards would be offered a compound of RM30,” he said.
He added that the public has until Feb 28 to settle their outstanding summonses as after that City Hall would not hesitate to take stern action like vehicle clamping, blacklisting or legal action on those who fail to settle the payments. – by Adrian Phung