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Yoursay: Dr M poster ban bares BN fear as polls near

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YOURSAY | ‘They keep insisting on being the only ones who can carry guns to a knife fight.’

EC banned Mahathir from election posters, claims Harapan

Kim Quek: The opposition alliance of Pakatan Harapan has been in existence for almost three years and it is now a household name, known to be poised to take over the government come GE14.

Nothing any authority does – including the Registrar of Societies’ refusal to register it – can detract from this fact.

As for election posters, there is no law stipulating what picture can or cannot be displayed in any constituency.

What’s wrong with displaying the line-up of the current leadership or a future Harapan government? So, just ignore such insolent and legally unfounded demand from the Election Commission (EC).

Expect a proliferation of such below-the-belt tactics from the increasingly panicky Umno/BN leadership as ‘D-day’ draws near.

Nevertheless, it would be wise for Harapan to form a brainstorming legal team now to cater specifically for instances like this as and when they crop up.

My Views: This looks like the straw that breaks the camel's back for Harapan, and the last straw that BN is clinging onto before drowning.

Portrait or no portrait of Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the voters will know who he is and what his party stands for.

All these desperate moves using the various government agencies to frustrate the opposition will only harden the resolve of the voters, and indeed change the views of the fence-sitters to vote for the opposition.

Behsaikong: Cowards. Elections are supposed to be democratic. Stand up and fight fairly.

Why are they running so scared that they seek to impose every kind of stipulation? They keep insisting on being the only ones who can carry guns to a knife fight.

If it’s like that, why even bother to have elections? Like in China recently, we should just make the incumbent president for life. Save all the trouble, time and money.

If our country wants others in the world to admire and respect us as a true democracy, let's have free and fair elections.

We have been an independent nation for 61 years. Our nation is no longer a ‘child.’ Let us not shame ourselves in such a manner.

Pakcik Am: Mahathir predicted that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak would cheat in the 14th general election. It looks like he is being proven right.

Harapan leaders, members and supporters must go back to their own states and personally visit each and every village and explain to the elders why Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim are both now opposing Umno and PAS.

They must carry with them small photos of the presidents of PKR, DAP, Bersatu and Amanah, as well as Mahathir, to say they are all together. Those who cheat must not be allowed to prosper.

Cogito Ergo Sum: Indeed, if a picture paints a thousand words, maybe it can also promise a thousand votes as well.

The fact that the BN government is resorting to these base tactics, it means it smells defeat. A very bad one.

Kangkung: It seems like the EC is working overtime to ensure it is Umno’s most effective tool to ensure a Harapan defeat in GE14.

First the unconstitutional redelineation, and now this.

The ‘Bugis warrior’ knows that Mahathir is the most potent threat to himself and the Umno-led government, so he is going all out to make sure that that does not happen.

I can’t wait to see what other tricks they will come up with as the election nears.

Have A Great Day: Is there no rule of law in our country? If a ruling by a government agency is so blatantly unfair, a legal challenge should be mounted.

Yes, I know it will be subject to the judicial circus, but the opposition should not just throw the towel in.

Anonymous_c9b96c38: Easy, just remind people who cannot recognise party symbols to cross any party symbol that isn’t the dacing.

The DAP symbol is recognisable by most, if not all. So voters cannot go wrong there. Some may not recognise Bersatu and Amanah, but everyone recognises the dacing.

So cross any symbol but the dacing - that should do the trick.

Sinan Belawan: Mahathir is getting a taste of his own medicine. During his premiership, NGOs could not even register under the Societies Act 1966.

NGOs also could not find halls, meeting rooms, etc, to hold their seminars and meetings. Owners of these premises feared the backlash from Mahathir.

NGOs could not even put up posters announcing details of their conferences, especially if they had speakers not favoured by the Mahathir government.

On the Other Hand: Put up Mahathir’s photos in the rural areas. Let's see if Malaysian Official 1's (MO1’s) goons will tear them down. Then put them up again.

Let the rural folk see how scared and despicable the thief-in-chief is.

Pretzel Dog: Better still, print the images on T-shirts and let supporters walk all over the place wearing them. It’s more effective than stationary posters which can be pulled down.

Justice for Malaysia: Yes, we can kill two birds with one stone: print T-shirts with Mahathir's face plastered all over them and sell them to raise campaign funds.

KSD: No need to put up Mahathir's posters. I suggest that Harapan instead put up ‘I love Rosmah’ posters all over Malaysia. Preferably photos of her carrying her handbags with Equanimity in the background.

Throw in a few posters of Jho Low, too, to break the monotony.


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