Wed09202017

LAST_UPDATEWed, 20 Sep 2017 8pm

Dancers 'Chased Away' From KLCC For Posing In Public In Traditional S'wakian Costumes, What Actually Happened

Several days ago, a post claiming that a troupe of dancers from Sarawak was chased away by Suria KLCC management when they wanted to take a photo at KLCC park because they were wearing traditional clothes, went viral.

The issue raised a debate among netizens who questioned the Suria KLCC management procedure since the clothes worn by the dancing troupe is the traditional attire worn by Sarawak natives.

However, the claim that the dancing troupe was chased away for wanting to take a photo was not true, as it was made known that they were actually practicing in the public area while waiting to appear on a TV programme for one of the local television stations, scheduled in the evening on 14 May, a blogger has revealed.

Writing on bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com, the blogger urged netizens not to be quick to believe fake news that is aimed at causing racial and religious tension.

According to the blogpost, any performance in a public place including KLCC park grounds needs to have approval or permit from the relevant authorities as per Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) by-laws.

The blogger explained that at 10am, KLCC security approached the group when they started to practice and asked them to produce the permit to perform.

"As there was no approval obtained, the group was advised to seek the necessary approval should they wish to continue their activity.

"Relevant contact details were provided to the group leader and they proceeded to leave the area," the blogger said.

Earlier, Facebook user Abam Supir, believed to be the person tasked to mind the group of dancers claimed that they went to KLCC park to take pictures, not to perform.

However, they were chased away because they did not wear appropriate clothing, the Facebook user wrote.

"It is more heartbreaking when they the words they used were inappropriate, 'you want to take a photo here, go back to the hotel and change your clothes first...'," he claimed.

The blogger in the meantime advised the public to seek confirmation first before spreading fake news on social media.

"Malaysians should use social media to foster unity and strength instead of sensationalising fake news and proof the peril of information democracy, which could consequentially build into ill feelings," he said.

Rationally, it is sensible for any party wanting to perform in a public place that would become the attraction of the public and tourists to obtain a permit in order to avoid any unwanted incidents.

Actually, this incident could be solved amiably if the public wasn't quick to react and as Hari Gawai dan Keamatan will be celebrated at the end of this month, it is hoped that the incident does not affect the unity among Malaysians.

-mD