Monday, April 22, 2013

People's Power in Bangsar

A residents' initiative planting coloured flags to support PR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar is now part of the incumbent Lembah Pantai MP’s campaign to defend her seat against UMNO strongman Raja Nong Chik Zainal. Miniature blue, white, and red flags – the PKR vice-president’s party colours – as well as electoral reform group Bersih’s bright yellow were planted at Bulatan Ara Kiri, Lucky Garden in Bangsar as part of residents’ ‘Malaysian Spring’ campaign for political change over the previous weekend.

This same residents’ group had to stand up to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers who had plucked the “flowers” hours later on that Sunday, citing transgression of city by-laws. They later replanted the flags, after criticizing DBKL for ignoring similar transgressions by Nong Chik’s BN campaign team.

Kindly check out the two videos taken on April 14, 2013:

Nurul Izzah said the idea to make the “Malaysian Spring” as part of her campaign came after “one of the residents called me and said, ‘We’re going to fight for this place’.”

This is further evidence that government agencies have become partisan. We may say that DBKL is just doing its job but when an instruction is wrong – it shouldn’t be obeyed in the first place. To be sure, the DBKL officers would have received their directive from BN cronies in the senior DBKL ranks or maybe even from BN Ministers themselves – but this is no excuse when the reason(s) they gave were flawed. If it is indeed an offence, then remove ALL flags, not just from the opposition.

Isn’t it time we change the government? Ini kali lah! Ubah!

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