Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Setingarden : Evaluating "the Occupation" & the planned "Sit In"

KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has justified its clampdown on Occupy Dataran activists, saying that it had given the movement many “chances” before finally deciding to take action today. This is despite the fact that legal provisions, specifically the local ordinances, gave City Hall the power to do so. “We’re not using any new laws. The ‘undang-undang kecil Dataran Merdeka’ has been there for more than 10 years. “We gave these people a chance before, gave them chances to stop it, to walk away. They did not heed our advice... so we took action today,” DBKL’s corporate planning division head Dr Ismail Stapa told The Malaysian Insider. “The by-law has always been there, its just that we did not enforce it before today. Now we are left with no choice but to do so,” he stressed. DBKL detained four pro-Occupy Dataran activists today, hours after chasing the movement away from Dataran Merdeka. here

Let us look at what he is talking about

By-Law 4. Offences. No person shall, unless approved by the Commissioner in writing, in the Dataran Merdeka- (a) eat any food, drink or smoke any cigarette, cigar or any tobacco; (b) cut, remove, damage, pluck any leaf, branch, flower or seed of any plant or tree; (c) cut, uproot, dig, remove or damage any plant, tree or grass; (d) excavate or remove any earth; (e) climb any tree or structure; (f) dirty, deface, make alteration to, displace or damage any structure; (g) nail, tie, bind, chain, draw, scribble, paint, spray, mark, affix, inscribe, display, place or hang anything on any tree, plant or structure; (h) walk over, step or stand on any planting bed or shrubbery; (i) enter or climb the hundred metre flag pole; (j) ride, drive, pull or push any vehicle whether mechanically propelled or otherwise or slide with a skate; (k) contaminate or pollute the water in any fountain; (l) deface or remove any notice displayed by the Commissioner; (m) spit, urine or defecate; (n) displace, make any alteration to, remove, deface or tamper with anything displayed, exhibit, affixed, hung, placed, constructed or set up by the Commissioner; (o) erect any tent, booth, shed or other structure; (p) drop, throw, deposit, place or leave anything whatsoever; (q) kindle any fire or any fireworks or crackers; (r) lie down or sleep in any part of Dataran Merdeka; or (s) allow any animal which is under his control to enter or remain in any part of Dataran Merdeka.

By-Law 6. No entry at certain hours. No person shall remain in the Dataran Merdeka between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

By-Law 8. Prohibition against holding assembly, etc. without permit. No person shall unless exempted, hold any public address, demonstration, assembly, meeting, gathering or any other activity in the Dataran Merdeka without a permit from the Commissioner.

By-Law 10. Application for permit. (1) An application for a permit to hold any public address, demonstration, assembly, meeting, gathering or any other activity shall be made in writing to the Commissioner in such form as may be determined by the Commissioner. (2) Where the application is approved, the Commissioner shall, on payment of a sum as deposit as he may determine, issue to the applicant a permit. (3) The permit holder shall comply with the conditions attached to the permit.

By-Law 14. Power to order out of Dataran Merdeka. Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of these By-laws may be ordered out of the Dataran Merdeka by the Commissioner.

By-Law 15. Penalty. Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of these By-laws shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding two thousand ringgit or a term of imprisonment not exceeding one year or to both.

Well there you go folks.

The powers of the DBKL with regards to Dataran Merdeka....

I wonder what "rights" does the occupiers or the upcoming BERSIH sit in have?

I am for the full enforcement of the law.....about time we put this loud minority in their place.

Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open. -Lord Thomas Dewer