Mayor to allow events at Dataran Merdeka despite damages

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will not stop event organisers from holding events at Dataran Merdeka despite it being badly damaged the fourth time.

Mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said they "have to allow national-level and big events to be held there."

"We cannot stop them from using Dataran Merdeka. It is not for show.

"It is for use by ministries for events," he said when contacted recently.

He was responding to StarMetro's recent report on the field being badly damaged, yet again.

It was reported that the field was in its current state after a large-scale event organised by a government agency.

Previously, contractors hired to rehabilitate the field had advised Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) not to allow too many events to be carried out on the site so that it could recuperate.

StarMetro had visited the site and saw that the field did look brown and unattractive.

Mohd Amin said DBKL would review the current deposit set for organisers who wanted to use the field.

"We will review and impose a higher deposit from RM10,000 to maybe RM50,000 for future events.

"If they damage the field, we will forfeit the deposit," he said.

He added that there was "no need for repairs and only normal maintenance by the contractor" to correct the current situation.

"The grass will probably grow in one to two weeks time and there will probably be no events during that duration," he said.

When asked on how long the field would be closed, he said he did not have the information at hand.

On whether they will fine the government agency that held the large-scale event that caused the recent damage, Mohd Amin said DBKL would forfeit the RM10,000 deposit.

As for year-end countdown at Dataran Merdeka, he said: "We have received a few applications for it but have not made a decision yet."