Friday, May 9, 2008

Billboards with “Satu Lagi Projek Barisan Nasional” or “One More Project of Barisan Nasional” should be removed.

The above slogan is a common sight found in most construction and upgrading of public infrastructure such as roads, bridges and schools in Perak, and perhaps throughout the country. However, the funds for the construction of schools, roads and bridges were never from the Barisan Nasional (BN), UMNO, MCA or MIC. In essence, it was never from any political parties but of tax payers’ money!

It is the government’s obligation to provide public amenities or development, and not to misuse it for self-glory. Such advertisement by the BN is misleading and deceitful. It is like a Malay Idiom, “lembu punya susu, sapi dapat nama” which means milk belongs to the cow, but the bull-cow gets the name.

The BN has already monopolized all mainstream media in Malaysia such as radio, TV and newspapers and need not resort into such low means to claim credits.

As a start, the opposition lead state government should consider removing “Satu Lagi Projek Kerajaan Barisan Nasional” billboards for all state projects. The removal of the billboard with the said BN slogan should be done not because it is now a project of Pakatan Rakyat (PR), DAP, PKR or PAS.

If the opposition lead state government is unable to remove those billboards of federal projects, they can consider charging the BN as advertisement charges, especially those billboards on state land. Registered companies have to renew and pay their business license yearly to the local government. The business license will include billboard advertisement which is charged based on size or if the billboard is lighted. Can this be done legally?