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Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) today suggested three stadiums in the city centre as an alternative for Dataran Merdeka as the venue for the gathering planned by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and supported by the opposition this Saturday.
Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said the stadiums are the Badminton Stadium and Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Cheras as well as the Titiwangsa Stadium at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, here.
"The organizer of the peaceful gathering could apply to us for the stadiums as an alternative to the Dataran Merdeka, which was stated in the 1992 Local Government Bylaw (Dataran Merdeka, Federal Territory, Kuala Lumpur) being forbidden to be used as a gathering place.
"In fact, the use of Dataran Merdeka could only be considered for public activities for instance, sports or cultural activities," he told reporters here, today. He said, the decision was also made based on the Peaceful Assembly Act 2011 which excluded Dataran Merdeka to be used for any political gathering.
In the past, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had said that the ministry would not prevent the organisers from using Bukit Jalil Stadium or Merdeka Stadium as alternative venues for the gathering, adding that they needed to make an application to the administration of the two stadiums. Ahmad Fuad said the suggestion was the best due to the location, facilities and capacity it has. -- Bernama