City Hall says no to Blackout 505 rally at Padang Merbok on June 22
Padang Merbok, beside Jalan Parlimen, is a popular spot for sports and events. In this picture, a tug-of-war team from the Federal Territory fire brigade is training for a competition.
Padang Merbok, beside Jalan Parlimen, is a popular spot for sports and events. In this picture, a tug-of-war team from the Federal Territory fire brigade is training for a competition.

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 June — City Hall has rejected PKR’s application to hold the Blackout 505 rally at Padang Merbok on June 22.

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the reason for the rejection is that Padang Merbok is in the city centre and a rally there could cause traffic jams since it is near several major roads.

“The roads are Jalan Kuching, Jalan Raja, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Parlimen. Also, Jalan Parlimen is a ‘protocol’ road which is popular with cyclists,” he said.

He suggested that the rally be held in a closed area such as Stadium Merdeka or Stadium Titiwangsa.

Another reason for the rejection is that City Hall has to ensure that the landscaping in the area is not affected by the rally.

On top of that, Ahmad Phesal said City Hall had received an application from the Olympic Council of Malaysia sent in on Dec 18 to hold an Olympic Run at Padang Merbok on June 23 and the organiser has to make preparations for the event a day before.

“We will call for a meeting with PKR on June 14 to sort out the matter and give our views. The meeting will also be attended by the police. We will try to help them find a suitable venue,” he said. – Bernama


 
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