GEORGE TOWN, Mar 20 – Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Teng Chang Yeow today publicly admitted that some of 500 to 600 poster highlighting the failures of the opposition-led state government plastered all over the state was part of their election machinery dry run.
He said the few hours act of putting up the poster which featured Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was to convey messages to Penangites of the 51 unfulfilled promises by the Penang government in the past 10 years. He said it was part of their “dry run” for the coming polls.
“We have gone through a list of 51 projects announced by the state government and none of them have been carried out. Slowly-lah , we will disclose details of the project in few days,” Teng told a press conference at the Gerakan Air Itam service centre here today.
The posters, mostly in Chinese and some in English, read: “51 empty promises, after 10 years” including a Chinese euphemism, “big cannon”, which meant big liar. The A5-sized posters show an image of Lim with graphic design of flash floods, traffic congestion and hill developments in its background.There is a footnote on the poster which read: “Printed by Penang BN”.
In an immediate response, state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow, in a statement, appealed to Teng Chang Yeow to support the Penang State’s cleaner and greener initiative by refraining from putting up posters which are environmentally unfriendly. He said all these posters have marred the clean image of the state and the environment while some may posed a threat to motorists and destroyed public properties.
“It is a sheer waste of valuable resources to use so much papers for this poster campaign against the Penang Chief Minister. The local council workers have also to be redeployed to clean up the mess.Local residents are also unhappy to see their environment impacted by the posters. It is not general election yet.
“If Teng Chang Yeow continues with such poster wars, the local councils may not clean it up. Instead it would be left there for the people to see and shame Teng Chang Yeow until he clean up the mess himself. Election has yet to be called and such act was uncalled for as local residents would be unhappy seeing all these,” he said. — PN