DBKL’s rejection won’t stop protest

A group of petty traders are adamant on holding their night market protest outside S Ambiga’s house.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) rejection will not deter a group of 60 petty traders from staging their protest outside Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga’s house on Thursday and Friday.

Kuala Lumpur Petty Traders Association chairman Jamal Md Yunos said the association would hold their protest until they could re-claim their losses.

“We want the organisers of Bersih 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 to be responsible and compensate us,” he told FMT.

Last week, Jamal announced the association’s intention to hold a night market protest in front of Ambiga’s house.

This would be the third protest in front of Ambiga’s residence in Bukit Damansara.

On May 10, Malaysia Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Alliance (Ikhlas) set up burger stalls in front of her house. This was followed by a group of 15 army veterans who performed a vulgar butt exercise on May 15.

Not political or racial

Meanwhile, Jamal, who is also an Umno member, said that the latest protest was not politically or racially motivated.

He explained that they were targetting Ambiga as “she is the face of Bersih 3.0 and issues the most statements.”

Earlier this morning, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail rejected permits for the 60 petty traders.

“If this goes on, we will never hear the end of it. To gather in a peaceful assembly in front of her (Ambiga’s) house, it’s all right… But to erect stalls, DBKL will not allow it in accordance with the Streets, Drainage and Buildings Act 1974.

“This is because Ambiga’s house is not the only house there. So my advice is that if they want to continue, (they) should look for a more suitable spot, one that is approved.” he had said.