Najib should summon an emergency Cabinet meeting to change the divisive National Day/Malaysia Day theme and the ghastly Merdeka Day logo

How much are Malaysian taxpayers being milked for the ghastly 55th Merdeka Day logo and the most divisive National Day/Malaysia Day theme ever conceived in the nation’s history?

Is the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak so desperate about his electoral prospects and those of UMNO/Barisan Nasional in the next general election that the 55th Merdeka Day/49th Malaysia Day have to be hijacked to advance UMNO/Barisan Nasional interests by the elevation of the UMNO/BN election campaign theme of “Janji Ditepati” as the official National Day/Malaysia Day theme?

If the National Day logo and theme are not changed, both will become laughing stocks for Malaysians and the world by the time of Merdeka Day on August 31 and Malaysia Day on Sept. 16.

It is sad and shocking that this year’s National Day/Malaysia Day are no more conceived as national celebrations as they have been hijacked by UMNO/BN, blatantly using the UMNO/BN slogan which will divide rather than unite Malaysians, and yet nobody in Cabinet or government could see that this is just wrong and anti-national.

I can confirm that when Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir was the Information Minister and chairman for Merdeka celebrations, he took pains to invite Opposition leaders to participate by ensuring that the celebrations were truly national events, rising above political parties.

With the National Day/Malaysia Day hijacked by the imposition of UMNO/BN slogan of “Janji Ditepati” as the national theme, UMNO/BN are only ensuring that the 55th Merdeka Day and 49th Malaysia Day will be the most divisive one in the nation’s history, completely at variance and in contradiction with Najib’s signature policy slogan of 1Malaysia, where every Malaysian is to regard himself or herself as a Malaysian first and his race, religion, region and socio-economic status (and of course political affiliation) second.

In fact, the hijacking of the National Day/Malaysia Day this year through the imposition of the UMNO/BN slogan is the latest and most potent example that the Najib’s 1Malaysia slogan is being undermined and violated – a living example of “Janji Ditepikan” instead of “Janji Ditepati”!

The hideous 55th Merdeka Day logo is a real disgrace. This is a comment by one of the readers of the news portal, The Malaysian Insider:

“Why is this logo hideous? Let me break it down for you.

“1. Too many elements making it overly complex. When printed in small sizes, a complex design will lose detail or worse, look like a printing mistake.

“2. Poor choice of font. Every typeface has a personality, and in this case, the designer did not even give this an afterthought.

“3. Has too many fonts. The maximum should be two, anything more would cause confusion.

“4. It was designed by an amateur with no proper design training.

“5. The Malaysian flag is stock art, so it’s no longer unique. Any tom dick or harry can just download the stock art and use it too.

“It is an insult to everyone when the government passes off this unbearably disgusting powerpoint screenshot as a logo.Now come on guys, we can do much better than this!

“K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Stupid)”

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should summon an emergency Cabinet meeting to change the divisive National Day/Malaysia Day theme and the horrendous Merdeka Day logo, if both and the Najib premiership are not to end up as butts of national jokes.

  1. #1 by Winston on Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 4:53 pm

    “Promises Delivered!”
    Yes, for fifty-five years it has delivered.
    Corruption, lying, cheating, duplicity, scamming and scandals.
    Those are the things they have delivered.
    To the hilt!
    It’s good that they keep the anger of the Malaysian electorate on the boil.
    So that in the next GE, it will ensure its own demise.

  2. #2 by negarawan on Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 9:30 pm

    Rosmah must have designed the logo for Najip…..

  3. #3 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 11:32 pm

    That is not a logo. It is a BANNER.

    When I first saw it, I exclaimed ”OMG” (One Malaysia Gone) as it does nothing to promote 1Malaysia but only promotes UMNO / BN and their 55 years of nonsense.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 11:36 pm

    No doubt the PM, the DPM, all Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Secretaries-General and so on will want to stick this ‘logo’ on their official cars so they can all look comical driving around.

  5. #5 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 11:39 pm

    Reflects a mixed-up, rojak-pasembor government with no gravy.

  6. #6 by sheriff singh on Friday, 27 July 2012 - 12:00 am

    What is ‘I M 55 erdeka’ ?

  7. #7 by Jong on Friday, 27 July 2012 - 8:48 am

    This, their grand finale!
    Last chance for cronies to make money. Wait till we see the bill.

  8. #8 by lkt-56 on Friday, 27 July 2012 - 11:51 am

    Merdeka day hijacked by UMNO/BN! Those of you who watched the second debate between Lim Guan Eng and Chua Soi Lek will recall Chua Soi Lek openly admitting that NEP has been hijacked. Unfortunately Lim Guan Eng did not follow through by asking him who hijacked it and what did MCA do after realising that it has been hijacked.

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