The circus has come to town. Penangites woke up this morning to find the island flooded with tens of thousands of 1Malaysia flags put up specially for the Najib show featuring Psy and his Gangnam performance.
One eye-witness reported seeing workers putting up the flags in town at 3.00am today.
The flags are fluttering along main routes right from the Penang Bridge, along the Jelutong Expressway, near the Pesta site, Green Lane, around the Han Chiang School area and in large swathes of George Town.
The stupid work of the government wasting money putting up flags every 15m & endanger lives of motorists in Penang. twitter.com/vanwild1/statu…
— Vanitha Pavapathi (@vanwild1) February 10, 2013
As you can see the background of these flags is the BN-blue.
Wth, they set up BLUE 1malaysia flags 1metre apart from each other on ALL SIDES OF THE ROAD. In penang? On CNY? FAIL twitter.com/liix/status/30…
— Liiiiiiiiiiiii (@liix) February 10, 2013
Someone sent me an sms complaining about the visual pollution from all these flags. It is clearly overkill.
It’s like a 1 Malaysia hurricane landed on Penang island and left a trail of flags in its wake, strewn all over
— Brian Yap (@_jeekit) February 10, 2013
I support the unity idea sold by 1 Malaysia. But the idiots that planted my beloved penang with blue flags of 1 Malaysia just disgust me.
— Yeoh Jit Shiong (@jitshiong) February 10, 2013
The first question that comes to mind is, did the organisers receive permission to put up the flags from the MPPP?
Wow ugly 1 Malaysia flags all over Penang. What a sore sight for the first day of CNY. Don’t they need a permit for this?
— jphuah (@jphuah) February 10, 2013
If they didn’t, the MPPP should immediately pull down these flags. There cannot be one rule for the masses and one rule for the elites or political leaders. And to show the MPPP is impartial, it should also remove banners put up by politicians wishing the people a happy lunar new year if these have not received approval from the MPPP.
Back to the Gangnam show… At the end of the day, free shows and free food are useless tools in fishing for votes. A mainland resident recalled that before the 2008 general election, the MCA organised a dinner at a housing area in Butterworth. A large crowd turned up for the free food (no surprise there, knowing Penangites).
But as soon as they had finishing tucking in, many of the diners adjourned to listen to speeches at a nearby Pakatan ceramah. Seeing this, a veteran MCA politician shook his head and told the resident, “(We have) no chance!”
So BN folks are only fooling themselves with the large crowd at Han Chiang tomorrow. As they say, syiok sendiri!
Anyway, the organisers have reportedly prepared food for 50000 people – so if they get a crowd of 60000, it should be interesting to watch the distribution of food.