MPK president: It’s not a beer festival, so why is approval withheld?

KLANG: The Klang Municipal Council (MPK) is perplexed as to why the police are still withholding approval for the German food and beverage festival to take place here, despite an assurance that alcohol would not be served.

Its president Datuk Mohamad Yasin Bidin claimed that the council had no issue with the organising of the festival, but said the police are proving to be a stumbling block.

"Initially yes, the organiser had applied to hold a beer festival with our licensing director, but I said that if it involved alcohol, then I won't allow it. So they agreed to hold only a food and beverage festival.

"There's no beer festival, it's just an F&B party. I even required the organiser to not allow Muslims into the event as they will be serving non-Halal food.

"But the police are not approving. And as long as there's no approval, I have no choice but to postpone the event until it gets the police nod," he told theSun yesterday.

Mohamad Yasin said the organiser had agreed to MPK's requirement not to serve alcohol, adding that the former had also in its application letter, mentioned that the festival was merely to celebrate German food and to enliven the mall where it was supposed to take place.

The festival was initially slated to be held on Oct 12 and 13 in Klang, but became an issue after PAS rejected the event, similar to how it objected to the Better Beer Festival in Kuala Lumpur.

North Klang district police chief ACP Mazelan Paijan on Saturday said the police would not allow the German F&B festival to carry on grounds that alcoholic beverages would be served.

Mohammad Yasin yesterday called Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun out for claiming that the police had no power to call off events and that it is under the authority of the respective local governments.

"How can he say the police has no power? Ask him that. It has always been our practice to get their approval for any forms of events taking place here.

"Whatever license, be it for an entertainment centre, a gathering, an assembly, we always depend on their approval. How can he suddenly say that this time, he has no power," he said