The Hulu Selangor by-elections is slightly more than 48 hours away; a one against one contest between BN candidate Kamalanathan aks Kamal and PKR's candidate Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.
I took the opportunity to call two of my friends who are presently holed up in Hulu Selangor i.e. one a staunch UMNO supporter, and another a PKR strongman from Pahang. Both knows me as a non party person, and I asked both of them as to their party's chances of winning the by-election. As of yesterday (April 21) both claims that their party have a 50-50 chances of winning. Since I have not been monitoring the activities in Hulu Selangor (unlike previous by-elections), I cannot therefore place my bet on anyone candidate.
A blogger friend called me up last night to seek my views regarding the on-going Hulu Selangor by-election, and my personal assessment as to who is most likely to win. I replied that I don't really care who wins as the results has no significant impact on the Federal government's position as the ruling government. But on second thought, a lost for PKR would give the impression that the people's support in Selangor is waning. In the case of BN, losing the seat does not really impact their position in parliament. On the contrary, a BN win will give credence to their winning chances in the next GE. In other words, it is the PKR that is under pressure to win in this by-election.
The reason why I have not cared much about the Hulu Selangor by-election is simply because I do not see any solid and meaningful campaigning by the contestants. Character assassination takes center stage. Old stories are being replayed over and over again. Even doctored pictures to discredit the contestants are flashed in the open and posted in cyberspace. All this child-like activities does not appeal to me, and if I were to side anyone party, I will be accused of being in connivance with all that is terribly wrong during this by-election.
So it is best that I take the middle road, and who ever wins or lose, it doesn't really matter to me. And to whoever wins the by-election, my only advise to him is for him to act with decorum and a responsible elected MP in parliament.
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