December 25, 2010
Pakatan vs 1Malaysia Logo and Symbols: A Political Blooper by Selangor’s MB Khalid Ibrahim
by Rashid Yusof@nst.com.my
PAKATAN Rakyat must be desperate for the year to end sooner. No such luck. Selangor executive councillor in charge of local government Ronnie Liu must have been inundated with media queries over the Parti Keadilan Rakyat-led Selangor government’s move to ban all symbols and logos related to the 1Malaysia logo.More bloopers and miscalculations are waiting to happen. It seems that political symbols must not appear on Selangor billboards and that 1Malaysia advertisements are deemed to be Barisan Nasional’s political message.
Bewildering, considering that the public have not complained about such billboards, especially those extolling the virtues of unity and integration. Some of the voters who backed Pakatan during the March 2008 general election must have been swayed by its so-called colour-blind pursuits, only to be told that 1Malaysia is political.
Flip-flopping Pakatan propagandists should not acknowledge that it was spin that delivered Pakatan those impressive wins in 2008. And the propaganda war was crafted on a key message of depicting UMNO as racist.
The keris episode was exploited shamelessly to drive home this point. The temple issue in Selangor was paraded as an evidence of racial and religious intolerance. Arrogant UMNO! A bashing of Ketuanan Melayu was the most comical. It had barely figured in the UMNO mindset and yet ketuanan Melayu was being persecuted with zeal.
Clearly, this was done for a tactical reason. Pakatan must demonise something — even if the subject of vilification is illusionary — in order to proffer a solution. This panacea came in the form of Ketuanan Rakyat.
Juxtapose that — Ketuanan Melayu vs Ketuanan Rakyat. Ketuanan Melayu was bleeding in absentia, and the carrier, which was supposedly UMNO, had to be punished. The trouble was Pakatan failed to unseat BN to form the Federal Government. It had to make do with four and then three additional state governments, which had to be governed in a super-efficient manner.
A deluge of reforms in these Pakatan-ruled states would demonstrate to the voters that they could well do a better job at the centre. Alas, the credo of new politics has been hollow, a stillborn.
Pakatan’s discomfort with 1Malaysia — first it was Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s attempt to make an outlandish link between 1Malaysia and One Israel and now this billboard ban — is wholly tactical and political. 1Malaysia should effectively preclude any further attempt to dismiss UMNO as racist.
There may be no winter of discontent in the Malaysian political context, yet the harrowing past few months for the loose grouping must have troubled its leaders, hence the clumsy reactions and pronouncements.
Now that the Jewish conspiracy of sorts has been pretty much demolished, should we expect more frivolous spins to match that story about Malaysian Special Branch dictating the thought processes of the intelligence agencies of the First World?
A Flip-Flop by Pakatan Selangor State Government
Selangor state housing and local government exco Ronnie Liu has moved to quash the controversy over 1Malaysia logo being used in advertising materials by advising all local councils to hold back enforcing the ban until further notice.
Yesterday (December 24), Selangor Menteri Besar’s political secretary Faekah Hussin explained that the ban was a “political decision” to prevent the slogan from being used to cover up BN’s wrongdoings.
It has been confirmed that at least seven local authorities – the municipal councils of Kuala Langat, Sabak Bernam, Ampang Jaya, Selayang, Klang, Kuala Selangor and Subang Jaya – have enforced the ban.–http://www.malaysiakini.com