After playing host to the Black 505 rally, Padang Merbok is now hosting about 40 camping tents erected by activist to protest against the Election Commission (EC).

kl black505 event camping 220613The move was initiated by Solidarity Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM), which aims to camp in the area until the EC's seven members step down.

Critics of the EC said that their alleged poor conduct of the 13th general election had made their tenure untennable.

Furthermore, critics also claim that the current crop of EC members had lost credibility and they should not be allowed to re-draw the electoral boundaries, which must be done this year according to the Federal Constitutional.

On Monday, the activists plan to hold a protest in front of Parliament House, located a stone's throw away from Padang Merbok, to state the same message. 

Toilets locked

The move coincides with the first session of the 13th Parliament.

However, they are concerned about whether the authorities and their opponents will allow them camp out that long.

kl black505 event camping 220613"If we can stay here until tomorrow without interference, it would be a big achievement," said SAMM propaganda director Edy Nor Redzuan.

For now, they activists have some logistical problems at hand as the landowner, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), had locked up the toilet on the field.

"We'll have to figure something out," said Edy.

But for now, food is not a problem for the activists as many food stall operators who set up shop for the Black 505 rally have decided to stay put.

Among other, Batu MP Tian Chua will be staying the night as well.-malaysiakini