Ronnie don't think you are a hero ! for doing this ! Disgraceful !
Banner with PM's image torn down
PORT KLANG – Someone or some people in Klang do not like the face of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak looking down at them from a banner.
So, they tore the cloth banner down!
This has angered a group of restaurant owners and traders in Pandamaran, who had hung the banner to welcome Najib to a Chinese New Year event in their town.
Aside that, numerous buntings to mark the event were also pulled down by the enforcers from the Klang municipal council.
The banner, measuring 40ft by 32 ft, was put up on Thursday by the Chinese community in the area, who had invited the prime minister to their event at Jalan Chan AhChoo..
A representative of the celebrations organising committee, Yee Kok Hong, 61, said the Najib banner at the Simpang Lima roundabout was removed at 1.30am on Sunday.
'He is the prime minister'
He said he was puzzled at the removal as it had no political slogans.
“He is the prime minister. It is only right to put up the simple banner to welcome our special guest,” he said.
“Our traders are not into politics. We see Najib’s visit as a boost for our business.
“We think his visit will put our new village on the map and help attract more visitors,” said the coffee shop owner.
'PM or MB, a permit is needed'
Selangor local government committee chairman Ronnie Liu defended the council’s action, saying the removal of the banner with Najib’s portrait had to be done as no permit was approved to put it up.
He was reported by The Star as saying that whether it is a banner for Najib or Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, it needs a permit in Selangor. – Malaysian MirrorCNY event not political affair
KLANG - The tearing down of a poster to welcome Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to a grand Chinese New Year do here on Feb 20 has been described as an attempt to politicise the event.
Klang Barisan chairman Teh Kim Poo claimed the move was merely to embarrass the PM.
"The billboard was put up to welcome Najib. It did not carry any political slogan," he said.
Selangor Umno information chief Abdul Shukor Idrus accused the Selangor government of ordering the Klang Municipal Council to remove the billboard.
“This is a blatant show of disrespect to the prime minister,” he said, adding that the billboard was put up to acknowledge Najib’s impending visit to Klang.
A show of appreciation
Klang Umno chief Mazlynoor Abd Latif said Najib’s visit was a goodwill gesture towards the Chinese community in the area.
“Why politicise it? The organisers merely want to show the prime minister that they appreciate him coming here for the Chinese New Year celebrations,” said Mazlynoor, according to The Star.
The council's action had angered a group of restaurant owners and traders in Pandamaran, who had hung the banner to welcome Najib to the national-level Chinese New Year 'open house' that is due to be held on Feb 20.
The village folks had made elaborate preparations to play host for the event, where more than 20,000 are expected to be present.
It is supposed to be a departure from the celebrations of previous years, that had normally been held in Kuala Lumpur.
Tossing of yee sang
The celebrations at Jalan Chan Ah Choo from 6.30pm to 11pm will see lion and dragon dances, performances by various artistes, fireworks and other cultural and traditional shows.
The event’s highlights will be the tossing of the yee sang by Najib, MCA president Ong Tee Keat and other national and state leaders.
The banner, with Najib's portrait, measuring 40ft by 32 ft, was put up last Thursday by the Chinese community in the area, who had invited the prime minister to their event.
Selangor local government committee chairman Ronnie Liu defending the council’s action, was quoted then as saying the removal of the banner had to be done as no permit was approved to put it up.
He was reported as saying that whether it is a banner for Najib or Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, it needs a permit in Selangor.
Klang MP Charles Santiago, contacted by The Star, said: "We are happy that the national-level Chinese New Year open house will be held in Klang and it is an honour to have the Prime Minister visit us here."
However, he said, those who had put up the billboard should have informed the council first due to the size of the structure.
“It was huge and needed an endorsement from the council's engineering department for safety reasons,” he said.
Santiago said it was unfair for certain quarters to allege that the removal of the billboard was a show of disrespect to Najib.
Council officers declined to comment. - Malaysian Mirror