DAFA IS GOOD’ Billboard and ‘FALUN DAFA’ Banner
–To rise up public’s positive understanding toward Falun
Posting “FALUN DAFA IS GOOD”
Billboard facing testing
Early this year, Malaysia practitioners have appointed
an advertisement company to put a Billboard poster “FALUN DAFA
IS GOOD” beside a highway. The advertiser informed the practitioners
that when everything is in order then they will put up the poster.
However some passers by misunderstood that Falun Gong is not registered
in Malaysia. (It was registered as FALUN DAFA RESEARCH CENTRE SDN
BHD. which is a non profit company.) They made a complaint to authority.
Then, the advertiser informed the practitioners that they normally
put up the poster first after checking that the poster was not offensive.
Then they will proceed with their procedure to apply for the permit
from the authority which is normally given. It will take some time
before the authority give the approval as time is money. This simple
error has caused the billboard poster to be taken down.
After learning the mistake, the practitioners tried
to correct it and improved themselves. However, the practitioners
were disappointed that this incident was made use by some media to
make adverse reports on Falun Gong. These news reports have created
a phenomenon that it seemed like our government does not recognize
Falun Gong. Consequently, the Malaysian people misunderstood further
about Falun Gong. However, in reality how many people really know
about Falun Gong and the real situation about the incident?
In order to negate the bad influent by the public,
this time the proper procedures were followed when application was
made to the relevant authority for the permit Although it comply to
the requirements and including the Falun Dafa Research Centre register
letter, unfortunately the authority do not approve the application
merely because of pressure from some factors. This matter was not
reported by even a single media. Thus reader will never know the cause.
Application for displaying Falun Dafa Banner
On May 2004, a practitioner arranged for Falun Dafa
banner to be displayed on the lamp posts. After learning from the
billboard incident, he felt that it is better for practitioners to
make a complete arrangement from start to finish. Therefore, although
the procedure is very complicated for a first timer, he is determined
to work on it. He followed every procedure, from getting a company
to make the banner to applying for permit from the relevant authorities
until the Falun Dafa banners were displayed. During the whole process
he clarified the truth with all the people involved. Having clarified
the truth on Falun Gong, the people began to understand better about
Display ‘FALUN DAFA IS GOOD’
billboard poster at a new site.
At the same time, the practitioner applied for permit
to display ‘FALUN DAFA IS GOOD’ billboard poster at a
new site from relevant authorities. The practitioner managed with
some help from the advertisement agent who has been doing ‘FALUN
DAFA’ banners. The agent offered a special price to the practitioner
after knowing that the practitioner had to bear the cost himself.
Finally the ‘FALUN DAFA IS GOOD’ billboard poster appeared
again at a busy roadside in Kuala Lumpur. Again, there was no media
coverage to pass the information to the readers.
Displaying FALUN DAFA banners encountering ‘test’
Surprisingly, the displaying of Falun Dafa banners
attracted some media attention. Initially, a newspaper made a right
report about the banner. Later, there was another newspaper published
a report which mentioned that they were suspecting the legally of
our organization. They even pointed out that some banners were hanged
up earlier than agreed date at a certain road. Therefore the town
council officer wanted to investigate and if found to be true. They
will ask the practitioner to take down the banners concerned, if had
broken the rule. That news also reported the local town councillor
will investigate the issue.
This news surprised many of the practitioners. The
practitioners thought that they had already followed the proper application
procedures. Why was there still something wrong? What had we not done
well? The practitioners were searching themselves for the mistake.
Finally some practitioners realized that this may caused by the one
sided long term public influent by the media adverse report on Falun
Gong. There is a quotation if a lie is repeated many time, people
will treat it as real. Conclusion, there are still many people who
do not understand Falun Gong. The practitioners have to clarify the
truth to enable more people to understand Falun Gong.
Checking the truth on the incident from the Town Council
Therefore, some practitioners went to town council
and other relevant authority to check the truth and clarify the truth
on Falun Gong to the officers concerned. During the whole process
the practitioners met with different people. They were uncooperative
and they blamed the practitioners for not telling them that Falun
Gong is banned in China. This time, the practitioners were looking
for town council to find out about banner display earlier than agreed
date. He was not aware of the incident and assumed that the practitioners
were at fault as this was the first time they met each others. The
practitioners explained to him about the incident of persecution of
Falun Gong in China, but he seemed unconcerned.
However, there were also kind people that the practitioners
met. The practitioners met the town council public relationship officer
to check out the issue. Here the officer told the practitioners that
there was no problem at all regarding the banner application. The
person in-charge told the practitioners that there was a reporter
who raised the issue regarding FALUN DAFA banners displayed earlier
than agreed date to her. She thought that it was true and said some
statement without doing any investigation first. She expressed her
regret on this incident. The practitioners told her about the persecution
of Falun Gong in China and difficulties faced by the local practitioners.
She felt sympathy to the practitioners and mentioned that she would
write an apology letter to Falun Dafa Research Centre regarding the
incident. (Anyway, the town council wrote a clarification letter but
not an apology letter.)
Further clarify the truth to local town councillor and media
Beside that, the practitioners met up with the local
town councillor and showed all the approved application documents
for his information. Later, practitioners clarified to the newspaper
office regarding the whole real situation. The practitioners clarified
the truth base on compassion and truth heart without any request to
the newspaper. A few days later, that newspaper published a statement
that the Falun Gomg banners displayed on the lamp posts were legal
and not earlier than the agreed date.
There were reports from different newspaper saying
that Falun Gong banners are illegal. The practitioners have many times
clarified the truth to newspapers, but the newspapers still published
untruthful reports. Why? Where is the responsibility towards our society?
Where is the conscience for the truth?
Falun Gong practitioners show willingness to change from
One day, a practitioner found that some banners were
missing from a road. Therefore, he investigated the caused and found
that we made a mistake. In this part of road, permit from three agencies
were required. So the practitioners applied accordingly.
Falun Dafa banners raise the public’s positive understanding
toward Falun Dafa
Falun Dafa banners created a few incidents, including
banners were taken down, stolen and burnt. Falun Gong practitioners
were facing unfair and unfriendly encounters yet they still showed
compassion and tolerance heart. The practitioners still continue to
clarify the truth to the people. Today, Falun Gong practitioners still
apply for extension to display the banner. It shows the high moral
of Falun Gong practitioners. FALUN DAFA banners stand steady, raising
public’s positive awareness toward Falun Dafa.
Article completed: 25-August-2004