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