DBKL says that it only allows national, sporting and cultural events at Dataran Merdeka, but it didn’t mind a Hong Kong production unit unleashing ‘mayhem’ in the area surrounding (and above) the venue during the filming of ‘Police Story 3’.
Watch the “chaos” from 1:16:30
Let me see, does a film starring Jackie Chan full of staged violence and mayhem fall under the category of national event, sporting event or cultural (what culture is this?) event…
Swiss multinational corporation Nestle held its 100th anniversary celebration at Dataran last month. The square was reportedly also used for US fast-food multinational McDonald’s Olympic Day Fun Run (July 2011), German multinational corporation Siemens Run (September 2011), and Singapore’s OCBC Cycle Malaysia (October 2011). Who can doubt the rising clout of MNCs?
Now DBKL tells us that the venue is not for political and dissenting events. But wasn’t the huge gathering at Dataran to mark the countdown to midnight on the eve of Independence a political event?
To be sure, Dataran Merdeka (formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang) existed long before KL City Hall, which was only formed in 1972.
By any stretch of the imagination, it is a public space.