It's four days since the dissolution of the Malaysian Parliament and State Assemblies and I have yet to see any real breakout of the poster wars. Only half-hearted attempts by the political parties to stir up people. Maybe it's because Nomination Day is still some days away and there is a lot of jostling among the candidate-wannabes.
So at the present, it's still early days for the flag wars and the bunting wars. Nothing in earnest yet. But as early as last Friday, I had seen this old bus stop in Bukit Mertajam already claimed by the Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters.
Closer to my home, I had noticed that the Parti Gerakan (Gerakan) had already decorated part of Jalan Kampung Baru with their party flags.
Not too far away from the bus stop, maybe a half kilometre away, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the Parti Islam (PAS) are sharing this particular spot along the road. Both their party flags were fluttering in the wind. But wait...do I see a BN flag in their midst?
While driving towards Butterworth, I saw the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) flags already lining one side of Jalan Baru outside Chai Leng Park.
The Democratic Action Party (DAP) doesn't seem bothered yet with their campaign but it will only be a matter of time before you'll see the rocket flags and buntings. (UPDATE 8.15am): The first sign of a DAP stirring in Bukit Mertajam. Several strings of buntings around the Kampung Baru market. I'm sure they'll intensify in the days ahead.
In the meantime, PAS seems to have stolen a march on the other political parties with a strategically placed banner to woo Chinese voters a short distance away from the Kuan Yin temple along Pitt Street on the island. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!