Malaysian Parties Show Their Flags as Election Nears

S. Mahfuz
Kuala Lumpur

Blue flags of Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional bloc obscure green flags of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party suspended along a road in Kuala Lumpur, April 17, 2018. (S. Mahfuz/BenarNews)


A man puts up Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party flags in Rusila a village in Terengganu state, Malaysia, April 13, 2018. (S. Mahfuz/BenarNews)


Caricatures of opposition People’s Justice Party leaders are displayed at the party’s center in Selayang, Selangor, Malaysia, April 20, 2018. (S. Mahfuz/BenarNews)


A sign along a Kuala Lumpur street reminds voters to mark their ballots for the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, April 17, 2018. (S. Mahfuz/BenarNews)


A three-story wooden cutout of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim overlooks Batu Caves, Selangor state, April 20, 2018. (S. Mahfuz/BenarNews)


A flag of the opposition Bersatu party flies next to flags of ruling party Barisan Nasional coalition in Kuala Lumpur, April 20, 2018. (S. Mahfuz/BenarNews)


Barisan Nasional flags line the route to the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, April 7, 2018. (S.Mahfuz/BenarNews)

Streets in Kuala Lumpur and other Malaysian cities and towns have been turned into a rainbow of political colors and fluttering flags ahead of next month’s general election.

Formal campaigning does not kick off until April 28, but parties and coalitions vying for 222 parliamentary seats and 12 state assemblies are battling for valuable visual real estate as they show off their partisan flags and symbols.

The contending parties have been scrambling to hang flags and display partisan symbols along the nation’s roadways and other strategic spots as they try to capture the attention of voters.

Nearly 15 million Malaysians are registered to vote in the May 9 polls.


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