Everywhere election posters, buntings and banners are making their presence felt. Along the road where I live, they are strung up high and low on trees, lamp posts and anything that can serve as a tying point.
My teenagers asked me, “What use are these banners and buntings? Will people vote for them based on the banners and buntings alone?”
Actually, they’ve got a point. But I said, “They’re out there to persuade fence sitters to vote for them.”
Yes, what’s the use of all those buntings showing the party logo? At least the banners with the candidates’ face and name serve a purpose : to tell constituents who is contesting where.
As it is, the exhibition paraphernalia seems to be good for :
1. showing which party has more money to splurge.
2. winning the poster war with their opponents.
3. wasting money.
Come election day on March 8, there will be party supporters outside the polling centre telling you to vote for their candidates. Kevin Cowherd, the Baltimore Sun’s columnist wrote this about the hot election going on in US now :
Here you are, walking into a polling place, seconds from casting your vote, and people are handing you campaign literature and shouting names of candidates, as if this is going to do any good.
Who’s going to be influenced by a pamphlet thrust at you at the last second?
Who takes one of those and thinks: “Well, I was going to vote for Obama. But it says here Senator Clinton will provide experienced leadership. So I guess I’ll vote for her instead.”
The presidential campaign has been going on now for what, 15 years?
If people don’t know the issues by now, or whom they’re going to vote for, then instead of handing them a pamphlet, you should smack them upside the head.
This is not like sitting down at a diner, thinking you’ll order a slice of apple pie, and then you get a glimpse of the nice, fluffy lemon-meringue pie in the glass case and change your mind at the last minute.
Substitute Obama and Clinton for say, BN’s Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng and DAP’s Fong Kui Lun, the apple pie versus lemon-meringue pie for roti canai versus chee-cheong-fun, and you’ve got a Malaysian situation depicted.
We’re 8 days away from D-Day. I hope the election committee makes sure all the rubbish are cleared away properly after that.