Archive for August 26th, 2008

Wind of change in Permatang Pauh

It’s official. The results of the Permatang Pauh by-election are out and they’re as follows: PKR candidate Anwar Ibrahim got 31,195 votes, BN’s Arif Shah, 15,524, and Akim’s Hanafi Hamat, 92. Anwar won with a majority of 15,671.

Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, won the seat with a 13,388 majority at the March 8 general election this year.

It looks like the majority of the Permatang Pauh people have consciously sought for a ‘Wind of change’ that would blow in their direction. At the same time, they also ‘buried’ all forms of indecency that they witnessed in the run-up to the polling day.

The ‘most violent’ by-election?

A Bernama report quoted Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar as claiming that the Permatang Pauh by-election was the most aggressive and violent by-election in the country’s history.

He asserted that most of the ‘violent incidents’ implicated supporters of the Pakatan Rakyat.

This should be indeed the concern of peace-loving Malaysians especially if this ‘violence’ still reared its ugly head despite the strong presence of the police force in the area. Does this mean that there’s a justification for more policing of the area and the voting crowd?

Are we to interpret here that the Permatang Pauh voters have been cautioned to stay away from PKR and the Pakatan because of the allegedly thuggish and violent tendencies of certain individuals (or groups) within the Pakatan?

Perhaps the Pakatan people may want to have a close scrutiny of these police reports of ‘violence’ as the implications are serious. For instance, are the Pakatan people so desperate as to resort to ‘violence’? Would they gain anything more by being ‘violent’?

By the way, talking of coarse language, we were not helpless and hapless witnesses to an equally vulgar behaviour of some youth in the BN camp during the nomination day in Permatang Pauh who simulated in public an act of sodomy to the cheer of their supporters and friends?

Below is the Bernama report:

Home Minister: Permatang Pauh By-election The Most Violent In Malaysian History

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 (Bernama) — The Permatang Pauh by-election is the most aggressive and violent in Malaysian history, says Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar.

He said the by-election was extraordinary because of the incidents which occured during the campaigning period after the candidates were named on Aug 16.

Throughout the period, Syed Hamid said 70 police reports were made, of which 26 were under investigation.

“If this continues to happen, it is not healthy for the development of democracy in the country,” he said at a news conference at the Parliment lobby here Monday.

He said the majority of the reports were made against supporters of the opposition party and among the offences reported included violence, threats against the public, obstructing people from campaigning, bringing down posters and using coarse language.

He said that 5,000 policemen were mobilised during the by-election period.

“If you want to hold a by-election, then do so, but there is no need to be emotional and uphold ideologies with violent threats, attacks, bombs and such,” he said.

Grand finale in Permatang Pauh

The huge PKR balloon, hanging in the dark skies, that greeted the thousands of visitors to the party’s ceramah at Jalan Baru in Permatang Pauh last night.


Many stalls were set up at the ceramah site. This one sold t-shirts for party diehards and fans.


And the Tok Guru brand of goodies too.


Take five between friends: Aliran president P. Ramakrishnan and Malaysia’s famous blogger Raja Petra.


The many, many, many thousands of people who braved the rain at the PKR ceramah.


The hovering police chopper that was jeered passionately by the ceramah crowd.


The man of the hour. Candidate Anwar Ibrahim, like his fellow PKR leaders and the rest of the Pakatan Rakyat leadership, constantly emphasised the importance of multiethnic politics for the future of the country. Also present at this ceramah were bigwigs from component parties of the Pakatan, such as Lim Guan Eng, Lim Kit Siang, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Husam Musa, Azmin Ali, Chong Eng, Chow Kon Yeow, Jeff Ooi, Nurul Izzah, Saifuddin Nasution and Jonson Chong, among others.

August 2008

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