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He added that the pact would con­tinue to face crit­i­cism from the public and party mem­bers if they couldn’t reach a com­mon po­lit­i­cal ground.

Si­va­mu­ru­gan was com­ment­ing on the re­cent move by PKR vi­cepres­i­dent Rafizi Ramli in post­ing the de­signs of three Pakatan Hara­pan lo­gos on his so­cial me­dia ac­count, ask­ing mem­bers of the public to choose one.

The move was treated with crit­i­cism and even saw PKR cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber Latheefa Koya lam­bast­ing Rafizi and de­scrib­ing the logo as “aw­ful”.

The Pan­dan mem­ber of par­lia­ment, how­ever, shifted the blame to PPBM chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, who sub­mit­ted the “thumbs up” logo.

Fol­low­ing this, Pakatan Hara­pan an­nounced that they had re­ceived more than 300 logo sug­ges­tions from the public ahead of the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14).

Univer­siti Malaya po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Dr Awang Az­man Awang Pawi de­scribed the op­po­si­tion pact’s ac­tion of rush­ing into cre­at­ing a logo as des­per­ate.

“It seems like they are chas­ing af­ter GE14 and ne­glect­ing the im­por­tant mat­ters. The three lo­gos that they came up with do not show ei­ther their spirit or strug­gle.

“A logo should have its value, but it looks like they have failed. In fact, it be­came a sub­ject of ridicule. To me, it shows that de­sign­ing the logo is not im­por­tant to them,” he said, adding that the rel­e­vance of a po­lit­i­cal party did not rely solely on its man­i­festo, but also its logo.

Dr Az­man said Pakatan Hara­pan should look at how Barisan Na­sional and PKR’s lo­gos were cre­ated and how much ef­fort were put into it.

BN’s logo de­pict­ing a scale was de­signed by Is­lamic scholar Syed Naquib Al-At­tas, while PKR’s logo was de­signed by Na­tional Art Lau­re­ate Datuk Syed Ah­mad Ja­mal. “If the logo is like ‘cap ayam’, then it would re­flect on their agen­das, their thoughts and the con­ti­nu­ity of their strug­gles,” he added.

Dr Si­va­mu­ru­gan Pan­dian

Dr Awang Az­man Awang Pawi

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