Monday, December 27, 2010

1Malaysia Logo Ban

The Selangor Government has put a ban on billboards and signages depicting the 1Malaysia logo. Their reasoning is simple. As Faekah Husin, the Selangor Mentri Besar’s political secretary explains, the slogan was the outcome of a political decision, and not inspired by the people (Webpage http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/12/25/nation/7686619&sec=nation, posted December 25, 2010). “We are simply tired of the hypocrisy of Barisan’s slogan,” she had said. Well said but that doesn’t mean this PR state government should be petty, kan?

"Local government by-laws in Selangor clearly state that political symbols cannot be used on billboard advertisements," reiterated state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Ronnie Liu. He said the 1Malaysia advertisements were a political message of the BN coalition.

Of course you can expect BN fellas to clobber this idea of banning the 1Malaysia logo. And finally Najib who claimed he is the originator of the 1Malaysia concept came out with a statement on Saturday that 1Malaysia is not a Government political agenda as it is aimed at fostering the spirit of togetherness and unity among Malaysians, Ah-huh, if it is a tool for Malaysians to close ranks, why have we become so divided? Furthermore, I still maintain that 1Malaysia is 100% poppycock. Don’t just accept what I say – read also my posting dated August 05, 2010 and you will realize I am not the only skeptic.

I suspect Malaysia’s top leadership knows that Malaysians are a shallow lot. When they become Prime Ministers, they all mounted a heavy blitz of public relations which invariably always are spearheaded by snazzy slogans promising, dare I say it, transformational change!?

When Mahathir Mohamed was Prime Minister, he came out with “Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah” (“Clean, Efficient and Trustworthy”). And we all know that under Mahathir, corruption really went to town! Then came Abdullah Badawi who forged his “Islam Hadhari” (an approach to foster an Islamic civilization built upon the noble values and ideals of Islam). It is all but forgotten now. And Najib Razak pushed his 1Malaysia ideology and everybody and anybody conveniently attach 1Malaysia to everything and anything.

These politicians know the power of political sloganeering. Simple-minded Malaysians will simply lap it all up. They failed to realize that our political leaders don’t quite subscribe to their own slogans. That is why they only know how to “talk the talk” and not “walk the talk”. They’re just a bunch of con artists.

Still, the logo ban did raise opposition even within PR ranks. PKR political bureau member R. Sivarasa said the people should be free to express their views even if they were from opposing political parties. “I’m not in favor of this ban. Why should Pakatan restrict freedom of expression when it is the people’s right to do so?” he had asked. Even DAP’s Lim Kit Siang has called for a review to prove that the Pakatan government was not afraid of the 1Malaysia concept.

Honestly, it is just not worth debating the merits and/or demerits of this 1Malaysia logo ban because this whole 1Malaysia concept is pointlessly nonsensical.

Wait a minute. Ronnie Liu just made a U-turn, saying he is going to give the ‘ban’ decision a second look. WTF! Isn’t he behaving like a politician? I forgot – he is a politician!

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