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Malaysia GE13: Creative mini operation centres popping up in KL

Published on Apr 16, 2013 2:28 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Eye-catching, attractive and interesting are just some of the adjectives used to describe tents and booths that have mushroomed all over Kuala Lumpur since Parliament was dissolved on April 3.

The colourful tents and booths bearing party flags and logos will be used as mini operation centres for the ruling Barisan Nasional and opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalitions from now until polling day on May 5.

To attract voters, political parties had done a lot of work to ensure that the mini centres were fully equipped to deal with queries from the public.

Hundreds of these tents could be seen lining both sides of busy roads in parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur.

However, some had gone the extra mile to decorate the tents to attract voters.

In Lembah Pantai alone, many of these booths were vibrant with colourful flags and banners.

One booth facing Bangsar South had two cannons made from recyclable material and a rubber hose painted in blue, a reflection of the colour of BN.

Over in Lorong Maarof, near BN's operation centre, a boat-shaped tent made from party flags had been the centre of attraction since it was set-up a few days ago.

Items such as bamboo and wooden sticks, table cloths and curtains had been utilised to make the mini centres homely and inviting.

"It looks nice and pretty," said Siti Hajar from Kampung Limau.

"They are certainly lively," added R. Ramesh of Kampung Pandan.

"It is interesting, but I hope it will also be functional," said Lim See Sin, from Lembah Pantai.

Some had even said the booths were just for show and served no purpose at all, and were merely taking up precious parking bays in their neighbourhoods.