Organisers of Bersih 4 get $21000 clean-up bill

PETALING JAYA - The organisers of the Bersih 4 rally have finally received their RM65,000 clean-up bill from representatives of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

This followed after officers of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan failed to find the correct house to deliver the bill on Saturday.

"We have received the 'bill' even though we helped clean Kuala Lumpur's streets," said Bersih 2.0 on its official Twitter account Monday.

It also uploaded a picture of Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah receiving the bill from a DBKL officer.

Earlier, Bersih organisers raised banners and signs outside their premises in Petaling Jaya to ensure that the officers reach the right location.

The committee printed out notices with Bersih 2.0's complete address in Petaling Jaya and a sign that reads Ibu Pejabat Bersih 2.0 (Bersih 2.0 headquarters), which were displayed prominently at the gate of the landed property.

A big red hand-drawn arrow was also pasted next to the gate, so that officers would not miss the large No. 13.

On Saturday, the RM65,000 (S$21,424) clean-up bill meant for Bersih 4 organisers reached the wrong house.

Abdul Rahman posted a picture of a house, indicating that the bill had made its way to Bersih's office located in a residential area.

"And this is the office of Bersih which doesn't look like bersih (clean) at all," Abdul Rahman tweeted on Saturday.

However, he was quickly corrected by Mandeep on Twitter, who pointed out that the house in the picture was not the Bersih headquarters.

Bersih 4 organisers were slapped with the clean-up bill which Abdul Rahman said was the cost of cleaning-up the areas used by the demonstrators during the rally in Kuala Lumpur last weekend.

This, he said, was in addition to the cost of repairing damaged property.

The organisers, however, said they would challenge any clean-up bill and described such an action as "ridiculous".