BN resorting to dirty tactics
Writer: Brenda Ch'ng
Published: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
SUBANG JAYA: Over 100 banners bearing DAP and PAS logos and containing misleading messages around Selangor were taken down by Pakatan Rakyat leaders last weekend, and they are urging Barisan Nasional to stop these dirty campaign tactics.
“We would like to call upon the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and urge him to tell his BN members to stop employing such dirty tricks,” said former Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh.
She said during a press conference on Monday that BN is already doing such things even before the start of official campaigning and she cannot imagine what other dirty tricks they will pull off during the campaign period.
Yeoh (squatting) and other Pakatan members with banners that contain misleading messages.
So far, the PR Kelana Jaya branch has already torn down 50 of such banners around the Kelana Jaya parliamentary constituency where there are supposedly 96 banners.
These banners bearing the faces of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang contain messages which touch on religion, hudud and endorsing Selangor economic adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the prime minister.
“We also found these banners in the Bukit Gasing and Selayang areas. Residents alerted us of the suspicious banners and we went down to inspect and remove them,” she said.
Yeoh said the banners surfaced last Saturday evening and volunteers from DAP and PAS have been removing them ever since.
While removing the banners, PAS Kelana Jaya vice-president Muzammil Hafiz managed to catch four men hanging the DAP and PAS banners.
“We confronted them and when we searched their vehicle we found a list with 96 locations... specific locations of where to hang the banners,” he said.
Muzammil believes that there are a lot more of these people around Selangor hanging the banners and they are very organised and well-trained.
“They even speak in code so that we will not understand and they use the code to communicate with others in other areas as well. This just shows how well-trained and planned they are,” he said.
Muzammil believes that those responsible are from BN and for them to spend so much money hanging thousands of banners around Selangor just shows how financially strong they are.
He added that he won’t be surprised if more banners surface as they have so much money to spend.
Joining them at the press conference was PKR’s chairman of the investment and trade bureau Wong Chen who said his party was committed to helping DAP and PAS remove the banners.
“Though PKR is not affected by the banners our members are already on high alert to spot such banners and remove them,” he said.
Apart from Subang Jaya and Kelana Jaya, these banners were also seen in Bukit Gasing, Selayang, Rawang, Hulu Kelang, Shah Alam and Meru.
“These messages when interpreted wrongly can influence voters. It’s disgusting, unacceptable and very irresponsible of them to resort to such dirty campaign tactics,” said Bukit Gasing constituency coordinator Kasthuri Patto.
She said residents in her area had been calling and informing her about the ‘highly suspicious banners’ hanging in their neighbourhoods.
Kasthuri further urged the public to assist them remove these banners and other forms of defamatory material they see.
“It’s about time they stop taking voters for a ride,” she said.
She said DAP, PAS and PKR banners will only be hung in the areas they are contesting in and will only be up during the official campaign period and not anytime before.
Meanwhile, Selangor PAS commissioner Dr Abdul Rani Osman said over 30 banners have been put up in his area, Shah Alam, Hulu Kelang and Rawang.
Similarly, party members caught four people in their late 20s and early 30s putting up one of the banners in Semenyih on Sunday.
All four men have been brought to the police station.
“They admitted they were not PAS members. We’ll leave it up to the police to investigate,” he said.
Some of the banners claimed it was produced by “Biro Penerangan PAS” but PAS central committee member Khalid Samad pointed out that PAS’s bureaus are known as ‘lajnah’ and not ‘biro’.
“Only Umno uses ‘biro’,” he said.
Khalid urged Pakatan Rakyat supporters to take down such banners in Selangor.
In the Selayang constituency, 35 banners have been taken down within a span of two days last weekend.
Former Selayang member of Parliament William Leong and Rawang assemblyperson Gan Pei Nei urged the police to take stern action against the culprits.