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Sungai Besar Polls: No More Billboards, Straight Campaigning From Now, Says Amanah

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SUNGAI BESAR: No more provocative billboards.

This promise from Parti Amanah Negara came after several billboards directed at Barisan Nasional leaders were removed, including one with an offensive message, in Sekinchan on Wednesday.

Amanah information chief Khalid Samad said the party and its allies – DAP and PKR – will now focus on positive campaigning ahead of the June 18 by-election.

DAP later admitted to putting up the billboards, without informing Amanah.

“I honestly have no idea about the billboards. When I found out that DAP was behind this, I met with Tony Pua (DAP national publicity chief) and we agreed not to put up billboards that could trigger provocation.

“We will focus on positive campaigning,” Khalid said, adding that he understood the reasons behind the messages on the billboards.

“I understand their sentiments and their anger. But we have agreed that there will be no more billboards of that nature,” Khalid, who is Shah Alam MP, told reporters Thursday.

Asked as to why DAP did not consult Amanah before putting up the billboards, Khalid admitted that there should have been some coordination among them.

The Election Commission condemned the billboards saying they aimed to slander and incite hatred among the voters.

“This irresponsible act breaches the campaigning ethics stated in Election Act 1954,” said its chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.

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