Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Guan Eng's billboard raises eyebrows....Tokong vs Lord Muruga!!!!
GEORGE TOWN - THE gigantic picture of Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on the "Welcome to Thaipusam 2013" billboard near the entrance to Jalan Kebun Bunga, here, has raised eyebrows as thousands of devotees and visitors thronged the new Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani hilltop temple.
The strategically placed giant billboard shows a smiling Lim in the centre, towering over other state leaders, along with the Hindu deity Lord Murugan.
Also on the billboard are DAP national chairman Karpal Singh, his son Jagdeep Singh, who is also Datuk Keramat assemblyman, Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer, Bagan Dalam assemblyman A. Tanasekaran and Prai assemblyman P. Ramasamy.
Several Pakatan Rakyat banners were also seen being placed at several places along Jalan Utama leading to the temple.
State Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow said it was not the previous state administration's practice to politicize its respective component parties during festive religious celebrations.
Teng said doing so was deemed as being disrespectful to the celebration and devotees.
He said the BN state government would not mix politics with religion and its stand would always be impartial.
"We always participate in these religious festivals, but for us, it is more about greeting devotees.
"A state MIC branch had applied to set up a panthal (kiosk) during the Thaipusam festival many years back, but it was rejected. We are strict on this matter," he said, adding that BN would not take political advantage by promoting parties during religious events.
Teng said this at the Thaipusam celebration here yesterday. Earlier, he and several non-Muslim state BN leaders greeted and wished devotees in Jalan Kebun Bunga "Happy Thaipusam".