IT was a largely uneventful by-election day in Penanti….
Yes… some phantom voters were found…. some voter’s names mysteriously dissappeared from the registers…
The absence of a PR-BN battle was felt…. so was the presence of “pondok panas” by party members….
Many voters decided to stay away – whether to boycott, or on holidays with family (self-paid or BN-sponsored), or sheer laziness to come out and brave the 36 degC heat.
Record low turnout of <50%, but still a bgger majority win by PR’s Dr Mansor….
Special mention to Nai Khan Ari, the independent candidate of Thai origins…. who beat the more “famous” Aminah by 100 votes…. Kamarul as a joke with 56 votes (my dog has more friends!! hahahahaha)
delCapo didn’t do too badly too….. 5,558 majority is close enough to the predicted “just over 5,000″, no? hehehe…..
It was a great rally at Taman Guar Perahu hosted by a fiery and uncompromising Chegu Badrul…. of great speakers, inclding Khalid Ibrahim, Mat Sabu (local boy who put the crowd instiches with his comical style of speaking), Lim Guan Eng, Azmin Ali and Anwar.
Too bad they ran out of time, finishing at 12 midnite on the dot…. Nizar was in the area but the crowd of 3000+ at Taman Guar Perahu didn’t get to see him.
Most of the speakers whacked BN and UMNO… you would think they might let up since UMNO is not contesting… but the UMNO-orchestrated police harrassment of Pakatan Rakyat leaders, including Chegu Bard and DAP maestro Lim Kit Siang, + the banning of terms like “Altantuya/Aminah” “Perak” did not go down well…. and they came out firing!! YEAH!!
The most important thing is for Penanti to come out and vote & come out early!!
The most ridiculous stories of the nite surrounded (1) UMNO’s encouragement of Penanti folks NOT to vote (!!), and (2)UMNO’s sponsorship of 2000 voters to go on “holiday” to places like Padang Besar with RM100 pocket money each + transportation!!
A PKR sure-win… delCapo thinks by over 5,000.