If you are a tree, one day, as any other day, you are minding your own business, photosynthesis-ing, taking in the carbon dioxide, enjoying the breeze, the crows scratching your branches, dozing of in the afternoon sun, then suddenly there is this sharp distinctive pain on your trunk, OUCH OUCH OUCH..and you find you are sprouting some synthetic leaf down your trunk
If you are a postbox, as any other day, you are minding your own business, gaping for the letters, bills, cards that you feed on, waiting patiently for the man in the light blue uniform to come about at 3:30pm and open you up-you enjoy the sunlight beating down your insides as he empty you of the collection for the day, then suddenly you sense someone standing behind you, and you have a few ‘plaster’ on your back and sides….
If you are a road sign, as any other day, you are minding your own business, doing your duty, standing proud, your face all puffy and red , silently telling the road users, back off, back off, no entry, the suddenly this guy come up to you, wind a metal wire around your neck and ….
If you are a traffic light , as any other day, you are minding your own business, squinting under the hot sun, your favourite song playing in your head, studying the faces of the drivers as they stop or passed you, you panic as this person come up to you ‘red means stop, red means stop’ you give a silent scream, but to no avail, he walk up to you, and wind a noose around your neck
If you are a bus stop , as any other day, you are minding your own business, grimly taking in the carbon monoxide and the dust as each vehicle whizz past, you enjoy eavesdropping on the conversations that takes place under your shade and suddenly someone with no intention of going on a journey, come up to you and plaster you with stickers of all shapes and sizes
If you are a car windscreen, as any other day, you are minding your own business, sun bathing, you dare not make any noise as not todisturb the wiper lying comfortably on you, occasionally a few leaves fall on you and on bad days you get bird droppings but you take that in your stride, then suddenly the wiper is yanked from her sleep and some piece of paper was slipped in between the two of you
Look around you, do you see trees with buntings on the trunks, do you see ‘tiangs’ ( poles) plastered with stickers, is your postbox cramped with flyers, cards on your car windscreen ?
The items been promoted include, loans ( legal, of course), tuition centers, house to let, bank lelong, missing pets, delivery of home cooked meal, sewa lorry, launch of housing area, kenduri kawin bunga mangga plus A4 paper with name of the happy couple and arrow pointing left or right, pasang Astro and many many more…
Can the dewan bandaraya or the parties that are responsible for the upkeep of our bandars and kampungs, look at removing the buntings from the trees ; take down the banners on the traffic signs and traffic lights; remove unsightly stickers on the post box, road signs , buildings, electrical boxes, ( leave the bunga mangga alone, please) – that would clean up the eye sore and beautify our city, towns, housing area, villages almost instantly