The KL mayor estimates the clean-up bill for the Red Shirts rally would come up to about RM50,000. Alam Flora is supposed to be doing the costing. But Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Rahman Dahlan says the bill is RM38,000 and Alam Flora has confirmed the amount. Everyone could see in photos the piles of trash left behind by the rally goers. And Alam Flora personnel were photographed being deployed during the event.
Bersih, for its part, is being charged RM62,000 for the clean-up despite a lot of the work in collecting litter being done earlier by Bersih volunteers. Apparently, the bill was for the cost of monitoring and dismantling banners and buntings, and erasing graffiti, and putting up barriers and fences. “From August 13 to 31, 231 banners were brought down and 677 officers and enforcement officers had to work 24 hours in three shifts on monitoring duties.” How many were officers were deployed for the Red Shirts event?
As for the claim about the stench of urine, during the two days of the rally and the day after (31 August), when I walked along Jalan Tun Perak and in the area near Dataran, I never even so much had a whiff of any smell of urine. Even if there were isolated pockets, how sure can we be that they were the result of the Bersih rally?
In any case, is it the practice of DBKL to bill organisers of other major events for rubbish collected and clean-up work after each major event. Isn’t rubbish collection part of the DBKL’s function anyway for which it collects annual rates?