Mayor: Don’t block traffic lights and signs

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  • Thursday, 21 Feb 2008

JOHOR BARU: Political parties have been reminded not to put up flags, banners and posters in a manner that could be a nuisance to the public.

Johor Baru City Mayor (MBJB) Datuk Naim Nasir said any election paraphernalia that blocked traffic lights and road signs would be removed.

“If we find that the campaign materials are inconveniencing the public, we will send our enforcement officers to remove them, regardless of the political party,” Naim said.

Since the dissolution of parliament, political parties have put up flags in many parts of the state despite the provision under the Election Offences Act 1954 that prohibits them from doing so until nomination day on Feb 24.

Poster war: Although the political parties can only put up their flags, banners and posters on nomination day this Sunday, many have already done so in Jalan Permas in Johor Baru.

Parties that refuse to abide by this rule can have their campaign material removed by the local authorities.

Some of the areas where political flags and banners have been spotted flying high include Permas Jaya, Tebrau and Seri Alam.

MBJB public relations officer Mohammad Firdaus Abdul Hamid urged political parties to get permits from the city council before putting up flags, banners, or posters.

He said the public could contact the MBJB hotline at 1-300-88-0146 if they had any complaints regarding campaign material.

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