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Online clamour over Pakatan’s logos

Logo PH

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – May 3, 2016: Pakatan Harapan (PH) supporters are apparently not impressed with the shortlisted logos that the opposition coalition will choose to use in the next general election.

Arguing that the designs were amateurishly done, critics are asking for leaders to organise a logo-designing competition to find a better option.

The supposedly poorly designed logos are:

A logo which features a black HARAPAN on top of a red background bedecked with five white asymmetrical oblongs that are neatly arranged in a half-sun pattern placed in the middle yet slightly above the body copy.

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The ‘A logo.’

The B logo that is basically the same as the A logo, with the only differences being the background in yellow and the HARAPAN body copy being grey.

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The ‘B logo’

‘The C logo features a white rectangle sandwiched between two red rectangles that are overlain with a red thumbs-up with white outline clip-art in the middle and are anchored with a grey-hued PAKATAN HARAPAN at the bottom.

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The ‘C logo.’

According to PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, the three logos were selected by members of PH’s presidential council last week.

The council comprises PKR president Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

On his Facebook wall, Rafizi explained that PH supporters only have two weeks to vote for the design they think is best by hashtagging at Facebook.

Many however want better-looking designs as they claimed that the designs were haphazardly done.

“These designs clearly shows that PH needs professional help,” was the acrid response from Facebooker Abu Aiman.

“The logos are not inspiring at all. It looks like the designer they hired did a sloppy job and those who selected it have no artistic sense,” he added.

“I don’t understand why my leaders are opting for a bunch of messy and cluttered designs? My leaders, do you honestly think the rural people has time to remember these badly-designed logos?” Riyaz Ahmad rhetorically asked.

“The designs are too old-school and not iconic enough. I don’t see any relevant symbol that represents the solidarity of the four parties in PH aside from the word “Pakatan Harapan,” Hilmi Maidin criticised.

“PH leaders must come out with a memorable design, sadly these designs are not. If you guys can’t make a good one then let your supporters do it for you,” wrote Saiful Rizal Shaari.

“The colour combination of these logos are not only wrong, they’re all over the place. PH leaders please consider my suggestion that a proper logo-making competition must be organised as soon as possible…some of us are even willing to do it for free,” wrote Yusof Mosli.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.