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In billboard war, Najib's bigger than Guan Eng's

YOURSAY 'If BN was stupid enough to put up these billboards, why did Pakatan have to show that they were no different by doing the same in Penang?'

Hindu Board defends billboard of Guan Eng

your sayLittleGiant: The Penang Hindu Endowment Board's (PHEB) billboard featuring Pakatan Rakyat leaders is definitely more appealing as it is done 'within limits' and appears decent.

The huge billboard in Batu Caves featuring PM Najib Abdul Razak seems 'out-of-place' and is very much a publicity-seeking material for the BN government and done with disregard to the Lord Murugan statue.

And Teng Chang Yeow, the Gerakan secretary-general, has the cheek to comment about the PHEB's billboard.

Enlightened: From what I've been told, politics and Hinduism should always be kept separate. Hindus and Buddhists believe that religion should not be exploited by politicians.

Thaipusam is not a cultural festival like Ponggal and Deepavali. It is a day for paying penance and a day to repent for the sins that the believers have committed. It is a day to ask God for his forgiveness and thank God for fulfilling the vows made before.

Whether it is Pakatan or BN, it is very insensitive to put up these billboards of politicians. If BN was stupid enough to put them, why did Pakatan have to show that they were no different by doing the same in Penang?

Anonymous #4305138: The one in Penang shows the state government headed by LGE (Lim Guan Eng) welcoming everyone to Thaipusam.

However, the one showing Najib's portrait in Batu Caves didn't say anything and even overshadowed the huge golden statue of Lord Murugan. Spot the difference.

Swipenter: Teng, don't criticise just for the sake of criticising. Pick on something that is worth criticising otherwise you make yourself a fool.

Pick on issues you think Pakatan Penang and LGE are slacking so that you do us a favour to keep them on their toes.

Then you can earn some respect from Penangites, otherwise you are seen to be just blowing hot air as the portrait of your boss outsized that of Lord Murugan.

Peacemaker: I just returned from attending Thaipusam in Penang. I have been making annual trips there from Kuala Lumpur, and I would say this was one of the best ever.

I managed to see Penang DCM P Ramasamy who walked to the temple without much fanfare. No one protested the billboard and I see nothing wrong in it.

Teng must be desperate and trying to do damage control of their (Gerakan) poorly planned Penang Run 2013, which was held on the same day.

Indeed, where was Teng when it comes to Ibrahim Ali's threat to burn the Bible? And what about the royal commission of inquiry in Sabah?

Nes: Although I am all for LGE, please note that two wrongs do not make a right. Ramasamy's reasoning is pathetic. I hope DAP is not into cult worshiping like BN.

Anonymous #66797900: Prof Ramasamy has done the state and Indians proud by ensuring the completion of the hilltop temple, getting a permanent home for the PHEB and now, organising and attracting the largest crowd ever for Thaipusam in Penang.

These successes can only be achieved through hard and sincere work. He never seeks the limelight and you never see him trying to hog any event, be it a dinner, official function or a photograph session. Sincere congratulations to YB Prof.

CM fears distortion in speaking to The Star

Ade: I am one of the pioneers of The Star. I worked there from 1971 to 1974 and had been reading the newspaper until 2009 when I stopped my subscription. No need to ask me why because you obviously know the answer.

By the way, this is a wise move by LGE (to be more careful when speaking to The Star).

Gerard Lourdesamy: Until the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) 1984 is abolished by the incoming Pakatan government, the Press Complaints Council set up so that the press can regulate themselves and the media opened to free and fair competition - unlike the present monopoly by Umno, MCA and Media Prima - all Pakatan state leaders should avoid giving any statements or comments on or off-the-record to the mainstream media since all of them lack credibility or any sort of journalistic integrity and independence.

Their press office can just issue media statements on a daily basis and leave it at that. The public are sick and tired of the lies, distortion and slants in all of these government-owned and controlled media, including The Star.

OMG!!: It is easy to blame others especially the mainstream news media which are working for their political masters's ultimate interest, but LGE must understand the Chinese saying "trouble of utterance" and be extremely careful with his mouth.

Just look at the ‘Allah' issue. It has raised racial and religious tensions to the highest level and has alienated many moderate Muslims who may have gone back to support Umno.

Vote BN Out: Guan Eng, very simple. Every time they want to speak to you, you get your camera/video man ready to record the whole conversation.

Any twisting by them, you then show the whole episode on YouTube and sue them.


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