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Friday April 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:15:46 AM
by razak ahmad
PETALING JAYA: Independent candidates will be allowed to choose their symbol from among 30 which the Election Commission (EC) has drawn up for their use.
The list has been updated to keep up with the times, with only seven of the symbols in the previous list retained in the updated one.
Among the dropped icons are the head of a tiger, a pair of scissors, a shoe, smoking pipe, umbrella, rooster, bicycle, bus, tractor, typewriter, kite, top and an oil palm tree.
The 23 new icons include rabbit, prawn, bird, elephant, horse, ring, necktie and a pair of spectacles. The others are a bag, shirt, motorcycle, car, sampan, glass, cup, kettle, table, house, television set, telephone, pen, flower, hoe and tree.
Being able to clearly identify the symbol was a priority, so while the television was added, the EC chose an icon representing an older “tube model” rather than a flat-panel model as it would be easier to recognise, according to the EC.
Similarly, while the updated list contains a telephone, the decision was to use the icon for the more easily recognisable land-line telephone rather than the latest smartphone models as the latter could end up looking like a hard-to-identify rectangular object.
The decision to drop the symbols was because they could be misconstrued as negative connotations.
A tiger, for example, could be seen to represent over-aggressive behaviour, shoes could be viewed as unclean, a pipe represents an unhealthy habit while scissors are used in the Malay proverb “gunting dalam lipatan” (the enemy within).
The updated list of symbols for independent candidates can be viewed online at the EC website (http://www.spr.gov.my/indexSimbol.html)
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