Food used to bring across political messages in Penang

Motorists at the Larut-Burma-Anson roads junction taking a peek at the ‘nasi lemak’ poster.

GEORGE TOWN: Political flags have flooded Penang, vying for space and attention along strategic roads on the island.

In between the sea of blue and light-blue flags, a different kind of “gastronomic” political campaign is gaining attention.

The new banners, seen at many prime locations, feature Penang’s favourite foods, such as char koay teow, pasembur, rojak and nasi lemak. The young coconut drink has also not been spared.

Each of these pictures is accompanied by euphemisms on fighting corruption and the importance of cleanliness, the environment and even harmony.

“Our state might be small but it is the best, like nasi lemak … with high foreign investments and lowest debt among all states,” the message reads on a picture of a nasi lemak bungkus.

Another picture of char koay teow had this message: “Eating char koay teow is okay, but do not take bribes. Penang is free of corruption.”

Flag war has already begun in Penang. Pictured here is Burma Road, George Town.

A picture of rojak and pasembur was used to show the harmonious relationship among the various races in Penang.

A bowl of cendol is used to describe how “green and fresh” Penang is.

Motorists passing by these billboards along Burma Road and Green Lane gave the thumbs up. Most were seen praising both the food and captions.

Most parts of George Town are filled with BN and PKR flags, with the occasional flags of smaller parties, such as the Malaysian United Party.

Some were not too amused by the koay teow picture on corruption, saying a “certain” opposition leader is facing corruption charges, too.

“What about national leaders with scandals?” another motorcyclist chimed in.

Another motorist said: “Penang is still the best, regardless what problems it has.”