Tomorrow August 25th 2009, voters in Permatang Pasir will cast their votes to elect their new assemblyman for the Penang state legislative assembly. The by-election is held following the death of the former PAS state assemblyman Datuk Hamdan Abdul Rahman. It will be a straight fight between BN candidate Rohaizat Othman and PAS candidate Tuan Hj. Salleh Man, both being lawyers by training.
Ilham Centre, an independent field research organisation that ran a four days poll to determine the popularity of the two candidates, has found that the PAS candidate is ahead and is most likely to win the by-elections. However, there is still the 'unsure' category of voters or 'fence sitters' that can tilt the results to be in favour of the BN candidate.
It appears that PAS and its DAP and PR 'coalition partners' have fully exploited the disbarment and the second marriage denial of the BN candidate. Rohaizat seemed to have failed miserably in the 'integrity and honesty test', but BN is not rattled by the poll results and remained hopeful of a winning chance. BN attempt to cast the PAS candidate for embezzlement have little impact on the largely Malay voters.
Like in all previous by-elections, the pattern of campaigning has remained consistent i.e. candidate's character assassination prevails over real issues that will benefit the constituency and the rakyat. And having followed the campaigning issues by both the candidates in the print and electronic media, there is absolutely nothing worthy that I can say of both the candidates. I do not know what their visions and their aspirations are, and it is the party leaders and others that is doing lots of talking; but not the candidate.
Personally, I do not have any particular choice of candidate, and even if I were a Permatang Pasir voter, I will have difficulty in making a choice.
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