Yesterday (23 August), Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob had made his official visit to the Kuala Muda and Yan districts in Kedah to check on the latest situation in areas following the heavy flood that was caused by a water surge in Gunung Jerai.
During his visit to Tupah Bridge, Taman Lembah Merbok, netizens noticed that a huge billboard was erected by the locals to welcome him. The image of the billboard was first being shared on Reddit.
The post went viral and netizens criticised the party who set up the billboard. Netizens also speculated that it was being done by the municipal council rather than the federal government.
Meanwhile, netizens also expressed their disappointment in the initiative, adding that the money can be spent on restoring the place instead of putting up welcoming billboards.
A netizen also pointed out that this move is annoying Malaysians as it is more of the government and leaders willing to accept these “syok sendiri” gestures. The netizen added that this culture had become a widespread norm in Malaysia too.
On the other hand, this incident caught the attention of a local comedian, Harith Iskandar, where he took to Facebook and said that he is convinced that Ismail Sabri did not ask for the billboard to be erected to welcome his visit, but something is wrong in our culture and system that have resulted this waste of public funds.
He also urge Malaysians to support for a change in the system and the mindset to prevent this from happening again in the future.
He also refuted the arguments from many out there who claimed that there were billboards erected for other prominent people in Malaysia, saying that these billboards were not erected when there is a disaster happening.
The incident also alerted the political graphic designer, Street artist and Documentary film maker Mohd Fahmi Reza Bin Mohd Zarin, where he posted another controversial artwork which speaks for a thousand words.
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