Merdeka Day parade costs DBKL 700,000 RM in damaged decorative plants (VIDEO)

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah blamed the large number of people who attended the city’s parade for the damage. ― Photo via Facebook/DBKL

By Ben Tan

Saturday 03 September 2022 10:57 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, September 3 — The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has had to pay a RM700,000 bill for damage to plants used to decorate Dataran Merdeka here for the Independence Day Parade on August 31.

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah blamed the large number of people who attended the city’s parade for the damage, adding that many also left behind empty plastic drink bottles and other waste, Sinar Harian reported today.

“DBKL is looking for ways to deal with these issues because it is a challenge we will have to overcome,” he told reporters after hosting a media appreciation event at the Mandarin Oriental hotel last night.

Mahadi said DBKL will meet and discuss with the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia ways to improve future Merdeka celebrations in the city.

Last Wednesday, the Malaysian capital was inundated with huge crowds of people eager to watch the 66th Merdeka Day parade in person after celebrations for the past two years were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last Thursday, DBKL posted a video and several photos on Facebook showing how the parade spectators had trampled on the decorative plants.

The photos also showed the large amount of litter left on the streets after the parade ended.

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