GELANG PATAH: Banners ridiculing DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, worded in ways that included titles of pop songs and lyrics, appeared in neighbourhoods in this town today.
Resident said the banners cropped up this morning, in areas such as Taman Nusa Perintis, Kampung Baru Gelang Patah and near the Gelang Patah new bus and taxi terminal.
"I saw the banners about 10am as I was driving to work. I heard there were about nine banners around town. I took photos of some of them," said resident, Joseph Fu.
One banner was written with "Sorry, Uncle Kit Siang, we are not Rihanna, we don't love the way you lie."
Another banner read, "It's been a long way without you my friend, so I'll vote you out when I see you again. - Gelang Patah, Patah Hati." The words appear to be fashioned after lyrics of ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.
Gelang Patah Umno division head Mohammad Khairi A. Malik said the division was not responsible for the banners.
However, he said the division’s party members would produce its own set of banners to bid farewell to Lim as a member of parliament (MP) in the constituency.
"We will make our own banners with a goodbye message to the Gelang Patah MP (Lim) to thank him for leaving the constituency.
"We believe that the banners that went viral on social media were set up by locals who were angry at Lim's decision to leave the constituency and due to him not fulfilling his responsibility as their elected representative," Khairi said.
He was speaking after an event to celebrate haj pilgrims in the constituency at the Umno division headquarters in Taman Nusantara.
Speculation has been rife since last week that Lim may be planning to contest in Penang again in the coming 14th General Election instead of seeking re-election in the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor.
This followed a viral image showing a screen grab of what was alleged to be Lim's voter details, showing that his electoral address now falls under the Komtar state and Tanjung parliamentary constituencies.
Khairi, who is the Johor Menteri Besar's political secretary, said he was not worried about people wanting to associate the banners with Umno.
He said, given the indication that Lim may not seek re-election in Gelang Patah, DAP would likely field a non-Johorean for the seat.
"I believe that a non-Johorean DAP candidate, who is a Malay from Kelantan, will contest here. If this is true, this candidate will not understand local sentiments as he is not from Johor," he said.
Khairi was likely referring to former cabinet minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who joined DAP in February this year.
The Parti Alternatif Rakyat (PAP) deputy chairman had said at the time that DAP would use Zaid to obtain support from Malay voters in certain constituencies, especially in Johor.
In March this year, another banner, put up in Bentong, Pahang, had also questioned the absence of Lim in his Gelang Patah constituency.