July 28, 2012
Numero Uno Ampu Minister: Merdeka (2012) Logo is Original
Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim has defended this year’s Merdeka logo, stressing that it was an original work.
According to a Berita Harian report today, Rais said the logo was not plagiarised and was a manifestation of the 1Malaysia spirit by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“In my 10 years as as National Merdeka Celebration chairperson, this year we have received mischievous and scathing criticism which I believe is a result of political perception,” he was quoted as saying.
Aside from accusations from the opposition that the ‘Janji Ditepati’ theme was political in a bid by the ruling coalition to garner support ahead of the general election, netizens have also made fun of this year’s Merdeka logo which was deemed as mediocre work.
A video entitled ‘Insanely easy 55th Merdeka Logo Tutorial’ showing how the exact logo could be reconstructed within 10 minutes on Photoshop had also surfaced on YouTube.
Graphic designers, too, have taken issue with the logo and have taken upon themselves to design alternative logos.