No Permit, No Billboard…that’s the precise rule
Wednesday February 17, 2010
Many more slam removal of billboard welcoming Najib
By WANI MUTHIAH
KLANG: The removal of a giant billboard welcoming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to Pandamaran near here for the national-level Chinese New Year celebrations received more criticism yesterday.
Selangor Umno information chief Abdul Shukor Idrus said the state government had ordered the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to remove the billboard.
“This is a blatant show of disrespect to the prime minister,” he added, as the billboard was put up to acknowledge Najib’s impending visit to Klang.
The billboard is believed to have been sponsored by several companies linked to the Chinese New Year celebrations’ organising committee. It was taken down by MPK last week.
Klang Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Teh Kim Poo said it’s a move to embarrass the Prime Minister.
He said the billboard was put up to welcome Najib and did not carry any political slogan.
Klang Umno chief Datuk Mazlynoor Abd Latif said Najib’s visit was a goodwill gesture towards the Chinese community in the area.
“Why politicise it? The organisers merely wanted to show the Prime Minister that they appreciated him coming here to participate in the Chinese New Year celebrations,” said Mazlynoor.
State exco in charge of local government Ronnie Liu had said the billboard was removed because no one had applied for a permit or sought MPK’s approval before putting it up.
Klang MP Charles Santiago when contacted said those who had put-up the billboard should have informed MPK first due to the size of the structure.
“It was huge and needed an endorsement from MPK’s engineering department for safety reasons,” he said.
Santiago said it was unfair for certain quarters to allege that the removal of the billboard was a show of disrespect to Najib.
“We are happy that the national-level Chinese New Year open house will be held in Klang and it is an honour to have the Prime Minister visit us here,” said Santiago.
An MPK spokesperson said:“We have no comment. Please refer to the state (government).”