When I went to different streets of Kermanshah, I saw that big pictures of me, this humble person, were put up on the streets in an unusual and excessive way. I think that when we were on the way to Paveh, I saw these pictures as well.
Why should you put up all these pictures? This is wrong because of certain reasons. First, these pictures are costly and you have to incur unnecessary expenses. I know and I am aware of this. This is a measure which is completely unnecessary and which is very costly. Well, this cannot be justified.
Second, these promotions and this way of putting up pictures are beneath our dignity, the dignity of the Islamic Republic and the dignity of seminarians. Such measures are usually adopted by other countries. Our measures should be adopted in a simple and ordinary way. Such flashy promotions are beneath our dignity.
Even from a scholarly point of view, these are anti-values.
~Leader's Speech in a Meeting with Executive Officials of Kermanshah Province, Oct 20, 2011