Amid the raucous cacophony of flags and banners of political parties jostling for the minds and hearts of voters in the 14th General Election, mini flags of various colours sprouted like morning dew in public places in the Klang Valley, on roundabouts, grassy slopes and ledges, and lining inner sidewalk fringes.
A sense of deja vu prevailed. These symbols of freedom and community first appeared in the 2013 General Election. And like in 2013, no sooner had they been planted were they uprooted and confiscated by the authorities, lest they became a siren call for rebellion.
Ironically, therein lay its existence and power. The flag-removing paranoia had only validated its presence, affording it a mythic resonance.
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