PUTRAJAYA – Don’t blame the police for the cancellation of events like the Better Beer Festival 2017, said Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said the decision to cancel rested with the local council, not the police.
However, he stressed that there was intelligence indicating a militant threat if the event was carried out.
“I have been receiving many calls blaming us for this, but it was not up to us.
“We can only advise. If they choose to hold it, they still can,” he told a press conference after attending the 2017 Warriors’ Day celebration here on Monday.
Last week, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said it had rejected the organiser’s application to hold the Better Beer Festival, which had been running successfully for five years, after receiving an application for a permit on Aug 28.
The DBKL announcement came a week after PAS central committee member Dr Riduan Mohd Nor spoke out against the event, calling it a “pesta maksiat” (vice party).
He claimed that it would turn Kuala Lumpur into the “largest vice centre in Asia”.
MEANWHILE, according to The Malaysian Insight:
Beer fest in Klang also militant target
A GERMAN beer party scheduled to be held in Klang this month is also a possible target for militants and police will advise the local authorities against allowing it, the inspector-general of police said today.
Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police would be advising the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) on the Centro German F&B party scheduled for October 12 and 13 based on intelligence received.
“We advise MPK not to hold it in Klang. I will be issuing a statement today or tomorrow. We are professional. We have proof of a threat, so it is our responsibility to advise the local authorities,” Fuzi told reporters in Putrajaya today.
The IGP also said permits for such food and drink events did not come from the police but the local authorities, clarifying confusion over recent statements by the police over the party.
“The power to approve permits for these events is not with the police but under the city council of the area involved,” Fuzi said, while the police’s advice is based on security information.
Prior to this, police had supported Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s move to stop the Better Beer Festival featuring craft beers to be held at Publika this weekend.
While DBKL said its decision was based on “sensitivities”, police subsequently said it was due to a security threat. – October 2, 2017.
– ANN / THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT