Monday, April 6, 2009


In a few hours from now, eligible voters for the Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai by-elections will cast their votes. The results of the last ten days of intense campaigning by the two main political parties i.e.BN and PR will finally be known by late evening of 7th April. Political observers have given little hope for any one of the independent candidates winning the by-election in the contested areas. Some are likely to lose their deposits. But their participation can be telling on the outcome of the majority votes to be won by winning candidate, especially in Bukit Selembau.

I have somewhat lost interest in monitoring the three by-elections, unlike the two previous by-elections, since the 'political crisis' in Perak erupted. I felt that the voters of Perak have lost their rights to choose their own government, and that elected representatives today; be they state or federal representatives, can no longer be trusted to remain loyal to their voters. Defectors to me no longer represent the people that had voted them in. In fact, they have betrayed the voters trust; hence they don't deserve to remain elected representatives, let alone to claim that they are elected representatives.

I feel that the peoples interest in the three by-elections has been over shadowed by events of the recent UMNO general assembly. This has somewhat given the opposition an edge in making their presence felt early in the areas affected by the by-elections, while UMNO is too busy sorting themselves out for the general assembly.

What BN lacks in their early preparation, the party edges PR in its campaigning effort, since the former has the full force of the media (electronic and print), and some government agency to act as their 'proxy' in the campaigning. There is a total blackout of any good news reporting of the opposition by the mainstream media. And if the BN is to believe that they have succeeded in neutralising the opposition by this means, they are totally mistaken. In fact, it has angered people more, and the results of the two previous by-elections is sufficient proof.

It is hard to predict the outcome of the three by-elections, but from what I gather, the fight will be stiff, except for Batang Ai, which is most likely to favour the BN candidate. In the case of Bukit Gantang, PR candidate Dato Nizar Jamaluddin is hard to beat, and is the sure favourite to win with a sizable majority. Bukit Selambau has a 50-50 chance for both the BN and PR, and there seemed to be no clear favourite.

And one should not take Samy Vellu's assessment to be the gospel truth, and I am told that his presence at Bukit Selembau will have no bearing on the MIC's candidate chances of winning. And what about Tun Dr. Mahathir's presence at Bukit Gantang? Will it garner support for the BN candidate?

Posted at 11.00 pm on April 6, 2009


Mej. A R Ramachandran (Retired) said...

Well a score of 3-0 is not unnatural, going by the way the BN propaganda machine is shooting itself in the foot.In general I find the sanctity of democracy is being raped by the candidates,the supports and finally the voters. It seems that people are ignorant of the fact that they hold a gold nugget in their hands to determine the future and by sheer neglect can squander this valuable opportunity. It makes make think of the days of yore, where poor illiterate folks were told to cross out the candidates they did not like, when in fact they innocently voted in the wrong guy. May god bless us all.

komando said...

The results are out 2-1, this is an indication good enough to tell the new PM he is on a short tour of duty, if he does not change.

Firstly, UMNO must throw out all the rotten apples!

BN must be rid off all garbage!

BN must listen to the rakyat..they are the real KINGS !

Clean up all the ministries and all its corrupted officials.

Clean up all the agencies who have vested powers!

Clean up the POLICE force and ATM.

Clean up all the courts and have good judges!

Have a clean cabinet lineup...not food cabinet, or shoe cabinet, worst still rotten cabinet!

Clear his own self of all accusations thrown at him.

Must be clean & seen to be clean, believe to be clean...image very critical.

otherwise goodbye to UMNO and BN