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Views : Bkt Gantang: Pakatan confident but cautious

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on April 5, 2009

Asked about Mahathir’s support for the BN candidate and that he is going to campaign for him, many quipped,

“Kita tak nak dengar dia lagi. Zaman dia dulu pun banyak memberi masalah kepada rakyat. Kami ingin perubahan besar. Kami tak nak dia lagi. Kami tak suka cara dia kutuk Pak Lah. Pak Lah tu orang baik.

Anil Netto

2046: This afternoon, I checked out a Pas briefing session at Kampong Boyan aimed at activists who have volunteered to assist in the party’s campaign. Among the groups represented there were Abim, JIM, Perak Women for Women, and the group opposing the teaching of Maths and Science in English. The language issue is likely to feature prominently in the Pas campaign.

At the same time, the party is also touting its “Pas for all” makeover  aimed at making the party more acceptable to other groups in the spirit of “constructive engagement”.

1940: Just had dinner after earlier tucking into some cool Taiping cendol from a road-side stall, which advertises itself as “generasi ketiga” (third generation), so I’m pretty stuffed! Covering these by-elections is hard work…

Forgot to mention that the PKR MP told me the BN’s main issues in Bukit Gantang were about derhaka and Pakatan’s land titles to non-Malays.

According to him, Mahathir was expected to be in Bukit Gantang today, but the PKR MP said the Pakatan is not worried as his presence in town would actually help the alliance. It would be interesting to see how Mahathir reconciles the derhaka issue with his earlier constitutional amendment affecting the royalty. Moreover, the MP added, people still remember Mahathir’s divisive role in Umno during the party split in 1987. He said Mahathir’s influence in Umno is overestimated and reminded me that Muhkriz finished last among the three Umno Youth candidates vying for the top post.

It’s pouring cats and dogs now; I am not sure how it’s going to affect the ceramahs tonight featuring Nizar, Azmin Ali, Abdullah Sani and DAP politicians.

1828: As expected by campaigners in Bukit Selambau, where 30 per cent of voters are ethnic Indians,  a couple of Hindaf detainees are among the 13 ISA detainees released ahead of the by-elections. And as predicted, Hindraf leader Uthayakumar isn’t among those released.

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