PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli says that they will maintain Padang Merbok as the venue and have submitted an application to the local council on June 7.
Speaking at a press conference here today, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli said the party came to the decision after deliberating the matter with the police and other quarters involved.
“It seems that the venue is already booked for a recycling event on that day. We also received a call from a person living near the area saying there is wedding being held as well.
“Taking all this into consideration, we have decided to postpone our rally to June 22, which will start at 12pm,” he said.
Last week, Dang Wangi district police chief Zainuddin Ahmad urged PKR to change its venue for the Black 505 rally as it was unavailable for the said date.
He said that Padang Merbok was already booked on June 15 by the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (PPSPPA) for a charity run programme.
Rafizi, who is also Pandan MP, said that he had applied with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), on June 7, to use Padang Merbok for the rally next week.
He also said that DBKL should not have any problems to approve the application, claiming the latter had informed them that the venue is vacant on June 22.
“With that, we will also notify the police on the rally tomorrow, as per the minimum 10 days requirement stipulated under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2011,” said Rafizi.
The PKR leader urged DBKL and Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor not to dily-daly on the application to use Padang Merbok.
“No reason to reject our application. I wish to remind Tengku Adnan not to meddle in the matter. Remember that majority of the voters in federal territories rejected you,” said Rafizi, adding that the party would no longer make any other concession on the matter.