Clean-up bill for Bersih rally goes to wrong address

Workers cleaning up a street after the Bersih rally near Dataran Merdeka, Malaysia.
Workers cleaning up a street after the Bersih rally near Dataran Merdeka, Malaysia.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A RM65,000 (S$21,605) clean-up bill slapped on Bersih 4 rally organisers by the Malaysian government was sent to the wrong house.

The mistake was pointed out to Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan after he tweeted a picture of a house, indicating that the bill had been sent to Bersih's office located in a residential area.

"Today my officers went to Bersih's registered office to deliver RM65k clean-up bill. It's locked and unattended," he tweeted via his account @mpkotabelud on Friday (Sept 4).

He then posted a photo of a dilapidated double-storey house.

"And this is the office of Bersih which doesn't look like "bersih" (clean) at all," he said.

Bersih steering committee member Mandeep Singh (@mandeepkarpall) then tweeted about the error.

"@mpkotabelud for your information, this is not @bersih2 office. Just wondering, who chose you as a minister?" he asked.

In response, the minister said they would try again next week to send the bill.

"We will try again next week to deliver the invoice of RM65k to Maria Chin Abdullah (Bersih 2.0 chairman) and Bersih. #payup!" he tweeted.

The electoral reform group was slapped with the bill which Datuk 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.

Bersih 4 organisers, however, said they would challenge any clean-up bill from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and described such an action as "ridiculous".

They demanded to know if such bills were also sent to organisers of other rallies or events or if this was only meant for Bersih.