Congratulations to Anwar Ibrahim. After a decade of being booted out of the Parliament over sodomy and bribery cases, his popularity remains high.
However, my observation is that, Anwar wins the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election for some good reasons:
* As his kampung Cherok Tok Kun is in Permatang Pauh itself, Anwar is very much local to the voters as he grew up there.
* During his tenure as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Anwar has made tremendous impacts, developing not only his constituency but also many parts of Penang.
* The kind of smearing campaign by the Barisan Nasional over the last 10 days was not easily accepted by the voters, prompting some BN supporters to give away their votes of sympathy to Anwar.
* Anwar's pledge to become a Prime Minister on Sept 16 has somehow doctrined the minds of Permatang Pauh voters to contemplate on such a revolution.
* Along the campaigning period, Anwar was defenseless to the attacks from BN, especially his new sodomy allegation by Saiful, the RM60 million bribe accusation by Nalakarupan and Ariff Shah's boasting of being much better than Anwar in many aspects. This caused a lot of voters to give hearts to him.
So, will Anwar become our new Prime Minister on September 16? Only God knows.
As for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a lot need to be done to Umno, especially in Penang. The bigger majority registered by Anwar in the by-election should ring some bells.
The true fact here, again, is --- many Umno and BN votes went to Anwar. WHY?