When the event ended, we tidied up the place, I reminded division secretary Gan Min Foo that our 5 Chinese New Year Greeting banners permits were up at midnight of 28-02-2010 . I asked him to arrange volunteers to take down the banners before the time. Even though we have paid the amount for a full month, which should allow us for 30 days to greet our residents; but Pegawai MPSJ under the instruction of Ahli Majlis after their meeting on 10-02-2010, only approved our banners for 19 days. The reason was the last day of Chinese New year is on 28-02-2010. I reminded MF Gan to follow the rule, not withstanding that I do not wish to allow MPSJ or Ahli Majlis, try to find any reason to confiscate our deposit RM200, but more importantly , we want to be law abiding citizens. We hope that in the near future, we will not have to face the challenge of not able to obtain permits.
On 01-03-2010 morning, MF Gan informed me that they have taken down all the 5 banners (as above) before midnight. But, at the same time, they noticed that there are still a number of CNY greeting banners put up by the Pakatan representatives, some are without permit stickers (whether they applied, GOD knows?).
There is a banner which was already there when the volunteers put up our banners on 10-02-2010, but now they saw the permit sticker's expiry date is 11-03-2010. I recalled that one of the reasons for rejection of permit given was only Lee You Hin applied on behalf, & that our banners have 2 photographs (Lee You Hin & Myself). But the permits for the banner bearing Member of Parliment & State Assembly Lady's photograph, was applied by Loh Gwo Tynde, yet the permit's expiry date is 11-03-2010!
I told MF Gan: "Show me the proof!", so he went around yesterday (02-03-2010) to take a few photographs. See for yourself!
May I asked:
(1) What this seems to indicate is that the permit for the Banner were applied for on 11-02-2010 after our 1st banner was taken down, and after when we applied permits for our 2nd banner on 10-02-2010 & subsequent Press Conference on 11-02-2010, then Loh Gwo Tynde went to MPSJ to apply permit for this banner? Anyway, this is not big deal, we are glad that we have set the example for others to follow.
(2)The reason given for the shortened validity of our banner permit (19 days as opposed to 30days) was because Chinese New Year ended on Chap Goh Mai (28-02-2010). Why then may we ask are the Chinese New Year banners for Pakatan representatives valid until 11-03-2010? Can we assume that the Chinese New Year for Pakatan ends on lunar calendar 3rd day of 2nd month? So can we also assume that people in power enjoyed a longer Chinese New Year period than the commoners?
(3)Is it not better for the Ahli Majlis & MPSJ to tell us the truth, instead of finding excuses for a 19 day banner permit approval, just follow the normal approval procedure even if it is after the Chinese New Year period! This is a good example that ‘lies’ can never see the light of day.