The ban on the 1Malaysia Logo have caused much controversy, this is a colorful view from the NST:
Pakatan vs the symbol of unity
By Rashid Yusof
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.
Precisely the sentiments of Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang at last weekend's second Pakatan Rakyat convention in Kepala Batas, and that of fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who appeared to have masterminded some of Pakatan's successful strategies.
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?
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Even Koh Tsu Koon had finally come up with something to say:
and here is a timid response by Selangor Pakatan State on what is turning into a huge blooper by YB Ronnie Liu State Exco also ordinary member of DAP since he lost in the DAP State Election, but no matter how the DAP wants to spin it:
I believe that comrade Ronnie will not have a chair to sit on when the music stops.