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By William Isau
SIBU, Nov 29: Political parties contesting in the 12th Sarawak Election have been urged not to place their election paraphernalia, such as flags, at places that could endanger road users.
Speaking at a press conference today, Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) Rajang branch secretary Tungku Balang said he found flags hoisted at intersections, roundabouts, and roadsides that could compromise road users’ safety.
From his observation, he found that most parties in Selangau, Kanowit, Sarikei, and Sibu have their flags erected at the intersections of longhouses.
He said this could lead to road accidents when the flag could obstruct the view of road users.
“If possible, do not erect or hang flags at intersections, roundabouts or sidewalks.”
Tungku added that he was almost involved in an accident because his vision was blocked by the flags when he was about to exit the junction of his longhouse in Skuau, Selangau, a few days ago.
He added that flags can be set up as long as they do not pose a danger to the public.
“If you want to place your flags, they should be erected at a higher position so as not to disturb the public’s view, especially at intersections and roundabouts.
“If you have no choice, then use a long pole as it will not block the view of road users,” he said.
Tungku added that political parties, though they wanted to enliven the environment, also need to consider the public’s safety when they place their flags.
“I am not angry or protesting against any party involved, but this matter needs their attention. The safety of the people needs to be a top priority during this election,” he said.
Therefore, he requested the services of relevant parties to ensure that the campaign materials are set up properly. — DayakDaily