We won’t pay, Ber­sih tells City Hall

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

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