Gerakan has urged petty traders to shelve their plan to set up stalls in front of Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan's house on Thursday and Friday to protest alleged loss of trade during the Bersih 3.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur on April 28.
Raising concern in a statement today, vice-president Mah Siew Keong (left) said holding demonstrations in front of private residences "should be stopped as it is not part of Malaysian culture".
“I am happy to note that the ‘thosai protest’ outside the house of the deputy inspector-general of police (has been cancelled). If such practices continue, then we may have protests throughout the country in front of somebody’s house every week,” Mah said.
All similar protests, including the 'butt exercises' in front of Ambiga's house and mock funeral in front of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's house,"should be condemned", he said.
Kuala Lumpur Petty Traders Action Council chairperson Jamal Md Yunus said yesterday they were calling the protest ' Bersih 4.0 - mencucikan Bersih 1,2,3 ' (Bersih 4.0 - cleaning up Bersih 1,2,3).
The action council will be visiting the site opposite Ambiga’s house in Damansara today to mark out the trading zones.
It also expected to seek a trading permit from Kuala Lumpur City Hall tomorrow and Jamal said the traders would carry out their planned protest even if the permit is denied.
According to Jamal, the traders would be operating stalls selling household goods, food and drinks from 3.30pm to 8pm on both days.
However, Mah urged the police and local authorities to ensure tight security to avoid any “untoward” incidents.
There were “other more constructive and positive ways” to display their dissatisfaction, he added.